Expository Writing II

Course Description


Full-year course. More advanced skills in organization, sentence structure, essay construction, and research skills. Reviews Expository Writing I skills and adds explanation by comparison, explanation by definition, introductions and conclusions, brainstorming and choosing topics, writing comparative literary essays, and planning out longer papers. Click here for an explanation of our writing and grammar curriculum, and sample course sequences.

Prerequisite: Expository Writing I, or Writing with Skill, Level 1. Students who can complete Day 2 and/or Day 3 of Week 1 in Writing With Skill, Level 2 will be ready for Expository Writing II. Click here for Writing with Skill, Level 2, Week 1. Please use the rubric in the lesson to evaluate the student’s work. Students who are not able to complete the work successfully should register for Expository Writing I. For help in placement, see our writing assessment, which will be evaluated by Academy writing instructors.

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required Text:

  • Susan Wise Bauer, Writing With Skill, Student Workbook, Level 2ISBN 9781933339610 (Available through Well-Trained Mind Press)

Class meets twice per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: average 12 students.

Designed for grades 6-9.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Language Arts credit upon completion of this course.