Writing Well with Poetry

From: $93.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 9th–12th
Live Class: Wed 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET
Dates:  Summer 1: May  19– July 2
Price: $249

Instructor:  Amy Wallace

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Course Description


All writing, from essays and research papers to short stories, is improved through the study of poetry. Writing Well with Poetry focuses on seven major poetic techniques that will enable students to improve composition skills as well as literary analysis skills in a fun and engaging mini-course.

Students will learn about theme, imagery and sensory details, symbolism, figures of speech, sound techniques, rhythm, and rhyme through analysis of some of poetry’s greatest minds:

  • Maya Angelou
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Christina Rossetti
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Robert Browning
  • Natasha Trethewey
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Robert Frost
  • William Blake
  • E. Housman
  • Robert Burns
  • Walt Whitman
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Course Structure

Through class exercises and homework, students will write poetry to master the techniques covered in class. See more details in the Writing Well with Poetry syllabus link below.

Who should enroll?

9th-12th graders

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card, microphone, and webcam (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities for viewing recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

I believe feedback on writing assignments is an opportunity for individualized one-on-one teaching. Through this feedback, I encourage students through detailed examples and corrections as well as input on what they do well.

Work will be graded within a week of the due date, and every assignment will include detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement.


I am available via email Monday through Friday and am always happy to answer questions, brainstorm with students, or discuss any class content.

Writing Well with Poetry syllabus

Required Texts


All texts provided by instructor via Canvas. Student must be able to open, read, and annotate PDFs and documents (.doc, .docx, .pdf).


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Instructor Bio

Amy Wallace

Amy Wallace is a homeschool mom of three with two brilliant homeschool graduates- yes, it can be done! Her oldest daughter is in graduate school at The Medical University of South Carolina, studying for her PhD, and her second daughter attends Anderson University, studying for the ministry. Amy is still happily homeschooling a fantastic high schooler. Amy earned a Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Louisville (Go CARDS!) and regularly applied her degree to writing Dark Chocolate Suspense—high-action suspense that delved deep into heart issues—for Random House/ Multnomah and Harvest House Publishers. Her counseling degree also comes in handy when homeschooling, speaking, and teaching numerous English and writing courses.

 In her spare time, Amy loves hiking, basketball, running, reading, scrapbooking, and healthy eating. Her greatest passion is to glorify God by enjoying Him to the fullest and showing by example what it means to dream big and live a life that touches hearts and leads people into a deep relationship with Christ.

Course Taught By Amy Wallace
English Literature, Composition, and Grammar
Writing Well with Poetry

From Amy:

I love every aspect of teaching English: vocabulary, poetry, composition, literature, and grammar. I believe what students enjoy learning, they remember, so my classes are engaging and fun places to learn how to use words well and wisely.

English Literature, Composition, and Grammar focuses on developing well-rounded and deep thinking high school students. This course will engage students in improving grammar, vocabulary, composition, poetics, and literary analysis skills.

Writing Well with Poetry focuses on seven major poetic techniques that will enable students to improve composition skills as well as literary analysis skills in a fun and engaging mini-course.

Email: amy@amywallace.com

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