Writing involves creativity, logic, organization, and precision. Once you find your creative muse (Athena’s Writers Workshop is a great place to look!), there are easy-to-follow steps that shape that creativity into the formats we use to share with others.
Through comparative study, we will explore the types of writing (expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive), investigate their component parts, and learn how to mold creative expression into each type. Step by step, students will complete at least one work in each of these four writing categories.
We will learn how to compassionately critique another’s work and assist classmates in improving. Class time will focus on instruction and discussion. Students will be required to complete the exercises and writing independently.
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.