Academic writing is an important part of a student’s scholastic career, and it is also important part of life. Much of what we are asked to write throughout adulthood requires a professional tone, recognizable organization, and polished form. Whether we are writing to persuade, explain, or describe, the ability to effectively write academic nonfiction commands confidence and respect.
Through comparative study and scaffolded format, we will explore the types of academic nonfiction writing (expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive), investigate their component parts, and learn how to mold creative expression into an academic tone, a style-appropriate organization, and the traditional 5-paragraph form. Students will complete one essay in each of these four categories, work through the writing process (prewriting, drafting, editing/revising, final drafting), and learn to compassionately critique each other’s work.
For one class period during each essay’s writing process, students will meet one-on-one with Prof. Deborah to personalize instruction and writing assistance. Other class time will focus on instruction and discussion. Students will be required to complete exercises and writing independently outside of class.
Note from “Prof.” Deborah:
Writing is a process with several distinct stages, and I believe that much of the confusion and disinterest students (and adults!) feel about writing comes from teachers’ lack of involvement at each of those stages. Writing needs to be a conversation between student and teacher. Like navigating on the open sea, a degree or two change can make a huge difference in the destination. If I can help students make necessary course corrections along the way, they will be so much more confident in both their ability and their final product. So I spend quite a bit of time steering students’ essays from prewriting to drafting to revising/proofreading.
Note to parents:
- This course can be used as the upper-level writing prerequisite for Advanced Placement English Literature at Athena’s.
- This course is one of Athena’s Upper Level Language Arts courses. Click for more information.