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High School Level Writing

Writing Based on U.S. History
Grades 9–12


Thursday 2:45–3:40


Teacher: Hope Staal
Class Cost: $217
  1. Institute for Excellence in Writing: Advanced U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons Student Book
  2. Student Resource Notebook: Free download with purchase of student book or buy the spiral-bound version.
English Credit
Prerequisite: At least one year experience with IEW curriculum.

While writing about topics from the explorers to modern times, students will develop more advanced writing skills such as thesis statements, MLA format, persuasive essays, research papers and more. To prepare students for college, vocabulary extension, outlining, summarizing, and researching will be covered. In addition, we will study the formal research paper using the MLA style, the book critique, and the persuasive essay. During the second semester, students will also learn to make connections between Biblical principles and everyday life by writing a devotional. 


Analytical Writing for Essays
        and Research Papers
Grades 10–12


Friday 1:45–2:40



Class Cost: $217
Books and Supplies:
  1. Institute for Excellence in Writing: The Elegant Essay Student Book, 3rd Edition
  2. Institute for Excellence in Writing: Writing Research Papers—The Essential Tools
  3. Flash drive
English Credit
College Prep
Prerequisite: At least one year experience with IEW curriculum.

Preparing students for college writing, units will include thesis statements, essay organization, transitions, introductions, and conclusions, practice with descriptive and persuasive essays, and SAT essays. Students will also learn how to take notes from texts or from live lectures, craft college-level papers, and write or speak persuasively to a wide variety of audiences.  


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