College Prep Writing

Grades 9th-12th

Ashley Kwasney

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Course Description:  Writing can be a daunting task for the homeschooled high schooler. Many don’t know what to write and if they do, then they don’t know how to write it. Worse than that, as homeschool moms, how do we grade it? Many of us have no clue what we are doing but we know that our high schooler needs to learn to write. This class is for you.
    This class is a college prep class and, therefore, more rigorous than the average high school writing course. Students are required to complete a writing assignment every week, however, step-by-step instruction and individualized help are provided along the way.
    Using Jensen’s Format Writing and my own methods from years of teaching writing, the student will learn how to:
* Follow directions.
* Take notes w/Cornell Note-taking system and shorthand.
* Write 5-paragraph essays in 7 formats.
* Write a research paper using MLA format, and a presentation to the class..
* Write a resume.
* Read 4 literature books (different books each year) and analyze & write an essay on each one.
* Condense writing.
* Write answers to test essay questions.
* Improve grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, & sentence structure, with continuity and diagramming.
* Practice Study Skills using Cajun Koi Academy videos (

This course is a 30-week course, meeting once a week for 1 hour per session. As this is a complete Language Arts program for high school, it is recommended that students take this course every year of high school in order to become proficient in writing for college and the workplace. This class is sufficiently different each year so that students can improve their writing skills and learn new things. For transcript purposes, you can label it College Prep Writing I, II, III, IV.

Course Viewpoint:  Mixed

Course Length:  Yearlong

Time:  Tuesdays 2:00-2:55 and Study Group on Thursdays, Colter Coffee basement, 10:00-12:00

Cost:  $280.00, payment plans available, contact Ashley for more details.

Supply Fee:  yearly supply fee of $30.00

Class Prerequisite:  Previous writing experience or class

Materials Teacher Will Provide:  weekly handouts; literature books

Materials Students Must Provide:  Jensen Format Writing book and writing supplies. The syllabus will contain a complete list of supplies students must have.

Minimum Enrollment:  6

Maximum Enrollment:  12

Parent Requirements:  Encouragement and making sure assignments are completed and turned in on time.

Teacher:  Ashley Kwasney

Contact:  (406) 407-8144,

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