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Homeschool Writing Portfolio Part 1: Semester Long Asynchronous Writing Course

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In this semester long flexible scheduled writing course, students will build a writing portfolio that will consist of a well-written narrative, expository, persuasive, literature response, and a research paper.

Class Experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Intermediate - Advanced Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
15 lessons//15 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to the Personal Narrative
In this class, learners will review the characteristics of a personal narrative and create a writing topic.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Drafting the Introduction & Body Paragraphs
In this class, learners will learn the three parts of an introduction and review using the concept of 'show not tell' to draft body paragraphs.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Drafting the Conclusion, Revising & Editing
In this class, learners will create a reflective conclusion for their essay. Learners will also get a revision and editing focus for the first essay.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Introduction to the Expository Essay
In this class, learners will select an essay topic about something they're passionate about.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Outlining an Essay
In this class, learners will compose an outline for their expository essay.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Drafting, Revising & Editing
In this class, learners will review the requirements of a five paragraph essay and review the revision and editing focus for this essay.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Introduction to the Persuasive Essay
In this class, learners will select a persuasive topic and convince the class of certain topics in a game.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Brainstorming & The Introduction
In this class, learners will brainstorm and draft the introduction for their essay.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Drafting the Body Paragraphs, Conclusion, Revising & Editing
In this class, learners will draft body paragraphs and end their essay powerfully with a conclusion that addresses the target audience. Learners will also be reminded of revision and editing before submitting the final copy.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Introduction to the Literature Response
In this class, learners will select a piece of fiction to respond to for the literature response essay.
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Selecting a topic & Drafting the Intro and Body Paragraphs
In this class, learners will select a specific topic to write about and begin drafting the introduction and body paragraphs.
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Drafting the Conclusion, Revising & Editing
In this class, learners will draft a conclusion that ends with a final connection. Learners will also review revising and editing.
 Week 13
Lesson 13
Introduction to the Research Paper
In this class, learners will be introduced to the research paper and select a topic.
 Week 14
Lesson 14
Organizing Information Using Source/Note Cards
In this class, learners will learn to use source/note cards to keep track of information for their paper.
 Week 15
Lesson 15
Drafting the Research Essay
In this class, learners will review the introduction, body paragraph and conclusion requirements for the final essay.
  • The goal of this course is for students to be able to construct a well-written narrative, expository, persuasive, literature response, and a research paper. Students will use all the steps in the writing process. Students will be to write introductions with an engaging hook and a three-point thesis. Students will be able to construct well-developed paragraphs with clear topic sentences and smooth transitions. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of reviewing written work for conciseness, clarity, and grammar. Students will be able to cite sources. Students will adhere to the standard conventions and mechanics of English grammar.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Homework
Frequency: Available upon request
Feedback: Available upon request
Details: Students will submit final drafts of their typed essay within one week after each unit ends. All submissions will receive feedback. Essays are due on the 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th, and 15th week of class. I encourage timeliness, however, as a flexible scheduled instructor, assignments will be given feedback as they are submitted. My focus is on the writing practice and implementation of feedback, not due dates.
Assessment
Frequency: Available upon request
Details: The learner is assessed through written feedback of each assignment submitted.
ALL handouts will be provided to the students in pdf AND GoogleDoc format. 
Writing Journal
Pen/Pencil
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
GoogleDocs does require the use of a gmail account. Please ensure your learner has an account set up. This platform will be used for submitting writing and receiving feedback on written assignments. 
Please Note:  You can create a Google Account for your child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country), and manage it using Family Link. With Google Accounts, children get access to Google products like Search, Chrome, and Gmail, and you can set up basic digital ground rules to supervise them.
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Master's Degree in English from Georgia Southern University
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