Note: This post describes one of four writing classes I’ll be teaching in the 2020-21 school year through Bluebonnet Home Scholars Collaborative. You can read more here about all four classes, spanning grades 4 to 12.
Who: Students entering grades 5–7 in fall 2020;
Prerequisites: Prior IEW experience or writing class with Mrs. Hartenburg, or by permission
When: 1:00–2:10 p.m., Tuesdays, August 11, 2020 to May 11, 2021, with holidays (See Academic Calendar.)
Where: Forty Holy Martyrs Church, Sugar Land, Texas
Upper-elementary and middle-school students will gain experience writing from various types of sources, incorporating research, and organizing paragraphs and longer compositions. While the class will incorporate more creative writing projects as well, the focus will be on mastering report and essay forms and following MLA formatting guides while also adding stylistic flare. Students will work toward developing organizational skills and scholarly habits that will aid them in their upper level studies and beyond. As a class, students will work on memorizing and reciting several poems over the course of the year, and they will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing reading and typing challenges to develop skills and habits essential to competent communicators.
In addition to weekly class sessions, students should plan to spend another one to three hours each week completing assignments at home.
Supplies Fee: $35 for teacher-purchased supplies including the following:
- 3-ring notebook binder with tab dividers, course handouts, and reinforced lined notebook paper
- Composition book
- Dictionary & Thesaurus—classroom copies to share
- Classroom colored pencil sets
Families will need to secure the following supplies before the start of class: (Linked brands are suggestions.)
- Pens, black ink, 2 or more
- Pencils, 3 or more, pre-sharpened and ready to use
- Colored pencils, erasable, including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and brown
- Dictionary & Thesaurus—for home use. Consider apps such as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and the English Thesaurus.
- Recommended/Optional: Reinforcing stickers for strengthening/repairing holes in notebook paper and handouts
Students must also have a public library card and access to the library as they will be required to secure and read library books and encyclopedia articles as instructed.
Finally, students will need to be able to type, print, and email assignments using a sharable word processing program such as Microsoft Word.
This class will be offered if a minimum of six students is enrolled by June 26, 2020. Full refunds will be made if the class is cancelled due to low enrollment.
See Bluebonnet Home Scholars Collaborative enrollment information for tuition and fee information.