Writing begins with reading skills and in our Become a Skilled Writer course, students will begin with essential reading skills that will help them to understand and identify literary themes and how to analyze literature with evidence. After mastering skills such as character development, structural choices and point of view, students will review foundational American literature from the Colonial Period through the Modern Period. From there, students will build their essential writing skills and learn how to write convincing, evidence-supported arguments and narratives. They will hone their research and writing process, as well as learn about the latest options available in writing technology and tools. Students will explore how to utilize speaking and listening to become more effective writers and how to use digital media to present their work. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate their command of English grammar, context and figurative language to write effectively for any purpose.
Note: This course is not designed for ELL (English Language Learners) students. ELL students may enroll in this course ONLY if they have adequate mentor support at their home school and are able to fulfill all course requirements.
Section 1: Essential Reading Skills
Section 2: Essential Writing Skills
Section 3: Important Writing Tools and Practices
Section 4: Speaking and Listening to Become a More Effective Writer
Section 5: Essential Language Skills