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Check out this week's Class Highlights!

Beginner
ink3.jpg Course Levels include: Novices and Novice II
Intermediate
ink1.jpg Course Levels include: Apprentices, Apprentice II, and Apprentice III
Advanced
Inkwell.jpg Course levels include: Masters and SAT Essay

How to Determine Placement

Classes are offered at levels which correspond to readiness rather than ages.

  • Writing for Novices Students in this class tend to be younger children who have not really begun the practice of formal writing, or they are looking to become more independent in their formal writing. We focus on writing paragraphs which follow clear organizational principles and which implement a checklist of varied writing techniques. Students still working on writing sentences may not be ready from this class, or may benefit from the immersion experience. Click on WritingForNovices for more details.

  • Novice Level II Through a variety of creative assignments which explore informative, persuasive, and expressive writing formats, students continue to develop formal writing skills. See NoviceLevelII for details.

  • Writing for Apprentices Students in this class have practiced formal writing, but they have not yet found a voice and/or they want to improve the organization and sophistication of their writing. This class is ideal for students looking for a gentle introduction to formal writing, those needing to discipline their prose and, those who are reluctant writers. Click on WritingForApprentices for more details.

  • Apprentice Level II This class provides a gentle introduction to writing the five-paragraph thesis-essay, with ample opportunities to develop critical thinking and minimal research skills. Students focus on a bibliographical character of their choice, building their paper from the inside out. Topic paragraphs follow clear rubrics, while topic/concluding sentences, introductions/conclusions, eliminating passive verb constructions and proper comma use are skills developed throughout the course. Click on ApprenticeLevelII for more details.

  • Mastering Essay-Writing This class is taught *on-line* with continous dialogue between instructor and student through weekly (and sometimes more frequent) email communication. Students ready for such a class have done extensive formal writing, have developed their own voice, but need more help developing methods for improving organization, logical analysis, supporting arguments with solid evidence, and adding varied syntactic techniques to raise the sophistication of their writing. Essay Writing remains the focus of this class. Click on MasteringEssayWriting for more details.



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