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 share their work with one another in a safe, fun and encouraging environment. Led by a professional writer/editor as their writing coach, this class provides beginning writers with an audience for their work, targeted feedback on each stage of the writing process, and equips students to become authentic writers, critical thinkers, and excellent peer reviewers.
This class, (geared toward younger students who are able to write with little struggle, or older novice or reluctant writers), will focus on maturing students in both skill and confidence through:
- Creating authentic writing shaped by peer reviewers
- Purposeful writing assignments 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
- 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. Emphasis on all writing will be on the strengths and weaknesses of each student work, encouraging personal progress not perfection.
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 6 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 middle graders. 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, and currently is part of the editorial team for Apologia Educational Ministries.