Building on the knowledge established in Writers in Residence vol. 1 Apprentice, Volume 2 Journeyman picks up the language arts learning where students left off. With even more high-interest projects for older students (or advanced younger students), this class will serve as a writers’ group, where students will become a part of a writing community, sharing their work with one another in a fun and encouraging, safe environment. Led by a professional writer/editor as their writing coach, this class provides growing writers with an audience for their work, guided instruction and targeted feedback on each stage of the writing process, and further equips students to become authentic writers, critical thinkers, and excellent peer reviewers. *Students who have not completed WIR vol. 1 should be able to understand the basic parts of speech and how they function in a sentence, and be able to write a basic, multi-paragraph essay before taking this course.
This class geared toward older middle schoolers/jr. highers will focus on the art of writing well, maturing students in both skill and confidence through:
- Creating authentic writing shaped by instructor feedback and peer reviewers.
- Purposeful writing assignments (including researching a science report with citations, an argument essay, poetry, and a fantasy story!).
- Interactive, engaging skill builders and in-class games to solidify grammar learning.
- Becoming an active, critical reader who studies the craft of expert writers.
- Continued risk-taking and experimentation in writing to discover and develop one’s God-given voice.
- Revising, shaping and polishing drafts.
- Writing with the reader in mind and sharing their work in a group setting.
- Developing the skills of both giving and receiving feedback in a positive, useful, and encouraging manner.
While students will not receive actual letter grades for their writing assignments, as your student’s writing coach, I will provide instruction and guidance, as well as targeted feedback on each draft of the writing assignments, helping students to utilize the rubrics in the course text in the evaluation process. Emphasis on all writing will be on the strengths and weaknesses of each student’s work, encouraging personal progress and growth in all areas of language arts development.
Required Text: Writers in Residence Volume 2 (Journeyman)
(This text contains explicit Christian content.)
Heather A. Eades
Mrs. Eades is a creative, fun-loving teacher, passionate about helping students discover and develop their creative gifts through writing and the arts. Heather A. Eades has over 20 years of experience as both a professional editor and freelance writer, and has enjoyed teaching art and writing to homeschoolers for the past 7 years. She holds an M.A. in Education with certification in Early Literacy Instruction, a B.A. in the Visual Arts and English, and is also a homeschooling mama of 2 who has enjoyed using the Writers in Residence/Readers in Residence series with her own teen and preteen. She has served as an editor for SRA/McGraw-Hill, Inc., editor/writer for Group Publishing, Inc., columnist for F& W Publishing’s Memory Makers Magazine, writer for The Mailbox Magazine and books, part of the editorial team for Apologia Educational Ministries, and currently serves as editor of online course content for Colorado Christian University.