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Vocabulary & Writing, Part One (HS 10-1)

Hone your writing and critical thinking while mastering over 350 vocabulary words from college and graduate word lists and Advanced Placement (AP) writing, and learn top study skills for remembering vocabulary (and more!).

Total classes: 14


Required: High School Essential Writing 1: Punctuation and Grammar I (HS 9-1) and High School Simplified Writing 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2).

Recommended: High School Essential Writing 2: Excellent Paragraph and Essay Writing (HS 9-3) and High School Simplified Writing 2: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay (HS 9-4). Prerequisites can also be taken as a recorded course through Unlimited Access.

Alternative prerequisite: a passing Punctuation & Grammar Assessment (only) from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service.

Suggested grade level: 10th grade or high school students who meet the prerequisite requirements.

Suggested credit: One (1) full semester Vocabulary & Writing, Writing, or English


In this course (the first of two successive courses), your student will learn over 350 upper-level vocabulary words related to writing that are needed for high school advanced writing, Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition courses, the ACT and SAT, advanced writing courses, and all of college writing—and an introduction to the concepts associated with the terms. Because vocabulary is the number one indicator of success on college entrance testing, if you want your student to not only score well on testing but also be able to be prepared for college writing and vocabulary, this course is for you. Coursework will be focused on the critical thinking and writing practice needed for your future success, and each week, you’ll learn tips and how-to’s for learning the words with comprehension and memory, giving you comprehension methods that can be used in any course.


Class 1: Writing for a Purpose and Audience

Class 2: Worldview, Critical Thinking, & Passive/Active Voice

Class 3: Writing Effective Sentences; Diction & Syntax

Class 4: Writing Effective Paragraphs: Structure, Linear Writing, Active writing, Transitions and Connectives

Class 5: Punctuation and its Effect on Writing

Class 6: Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics for Clarity

Class 7: Types of Writing

Class 8: Point of View, Tone, & Voice

Class 9: Style

Class 10: Techniques & Devices of Organization for Coherence

Class 11: More Techniques & Devices of Organization

Class 12: Composing Methods

Class 13: Characteristics of an Effective Argument

Class 14: Research Methods

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Required Book: EB Conroy’s Simplified Vocabulary Guide may be ordered at http://amzn.to/2FKGXDC. Microsoft Word or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document is required. If you do not own Microsoft Word, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: Students are expected to study for tests on the vocabulary words, for identification and use. Students will take weekly in-system quizzes (graded automatically) and complete weekly writing assignments that make their writing stronger and use the new vocabulary (graded by the instructor).

Important Dates

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Mondays, August 26 to December 9, 2024. No Class Sept 2 (Labor Day) & Oct. 14 (mid-semester break)
5:30 PM Eastern (4:30 Central; 3:30 Mountain; 2:30 Central)

Note that other class days and times are available with other instructors. Check the course catalog at https://caravel.homeschoolconnections.com/catalog/ for a full listing of available courses.

Duration per class: 55 minutes

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