This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
Help your middle school student be fully prepared for high school writing by learning the forms of nonfiction, fiction, informational writing, journalism, descriptive writing, reviews, speeches, Biblical writing, & more. Your student will learn to write in all these forms and how to choose the exact, clear style needed for future writing success. Take the 7/8-3 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.
Total classes: 8
Prerequisite: SIMPLIFIED WRITING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 3: Writing the Excellent Essay (MS 7/8-3). Students may take the requisite courses live or through Unlimited Access. If you are utilizing Instructor Access, your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document (can be found online free).
Suggested grade level: 7th and 8th
Suggested credit: 2/3 semester Writing or English
In this course, your student will learn the many types of non-fiction and fiction writing, including descriptive writing, reviews, how-to articles and instructions, news articles and journalistic reporting, types of business writing, speeches, creative/expressive story writing (songs, plays, and other forms of story), and the kinds of writing found in the bible (epistles/letters, genealogical writing, historical narratives, laws and statutory writing, parables, poetry, and proverbial writing). Special emphasis will be placed on knowing the characteristics of each kind of writing and how to identify different types of writing. Your student will also experiment with and practice writing within most of the forms. Your student will use all of the skills of writing learned to this point in the Essentials and Simplified Writing courses for middle school students.
Class 1: Types of Writing Overview, Purpose and Audience, Nonfiction and Fiction Writing
Class 2: How-to Writing and Instructional Writing
Class 3: An introduction to Journalism and News Reporting
Class 4: Expressive Writing – Forms of Story and Expression
Class 5: Descriptive Writing
Class 6: Business Writing
Class 7: Writing Reviews and Speeches
Class 8: Forms of Writing in the Bible
Course Materials: All materials provided FREE within the course.
Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.
Note: All student work needs to be 100% the student’s own work and the student’s own writing. Nothing can be copied from anywhere else unless a source for the text is given on the assignment. Any students who copy work from elsewhere will receive a zero on the assignment. Repeated copying will result in failure of the course.