Teaching students how to give voice to their experiences and ideas through the written word has been program author Debra Bell’s life work. Based around her new curriculum, Writers in Residence vol. 1 Apprentice, 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, geared towards older students with little to no formal writing instruction/training, provides novice writers with an audience for their work, guided instruction and targeted feedback on each stage of the writing process, and equips them to become authentic writers, critical thinkers, and excellent peer reviewers, before moving on to more advanced writing. (Older middle schoolers welcome with permission.)
This class 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, (including building strong, descriptive sentences; strong, focused paragraphs; and developing them into strong, informative essays and engaging stories by the end of the year).
- Purposeful writing assignments (including a friendly letter, an interview, an opinion essay, an autobiography/personal narrative, and several superhero stories!) and interactive, engaging skill builders.
- Becoming an active, critical reader who studies the craft of expert writers.
- Risk-taking and experimentation in writing to discover one’s God-given voice.
- Revising, shaping and polishing drafts.
- Writing with the reader in mind and sharing their work in a group setting.
- Implementing the six traits writing model of: ideas, organization, sentence structure, word choice, voice, and conventions.
While students will not receive 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, utilizing the rubrics in the course text. Emphasis on all writing will be on the strengths and weaknesses of each student work, encouraging personal progress and growth.
Required Text: Writers in Residence Volume 1 (Apprentice)
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 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 MA 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 Writers in Residence 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.