Writing 1
Basic Composition
Tutor: Tammy Prichard
Email: tamprichard@gmail.com
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, period 1

Description: The primary focus of this class is building good writing techniques. Students will learn and develop the basics of the writing process through writing short essays, establishing a foundation of grammar concepts, and applying elements of literature. Through their writing, students will be developing strong sentences and paragraphs. They will consider voice, organization, content, word choice, sentence fluency and grammar conventions in their essays to form a well written piece of work. Assignments for the class will include reading assignments, short, weekly written responses, and 3 to 5 essays each semester that are 1 to 3 pages in length. Students will compose outlines, rough drafts, and final drafts for each of the essay assignments. The literature study will encourage critical thinking skills by examining elements of style, purpose, theme, plot, etc.

Note:  Although Writing 1 is formatted as a year-long class, each semester has its own syllabus and literature selection. Students will need to register separately for each semester.

Tutor: Tammy Prichard has been educating students for over 30 years, both as a homeschooling parent and as a classroom teacher. She has taught classes in both public and private schools and has a passion to see students grow and mature in their handling of literature and the written word. Mrs. Prichard graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.She and her family live in Northfield, where her husband is a lawyer and where they have raised their 7 grown children. She also teaches writing part time at Arcadia Charter School in Northfield.

Level: Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Homework: 2-4 hours per week
1st Semester Texts: (to be purchased by the tutor)

  • Animal Farm (George Orwell) (Note: If you have a copy of this book, the supply fee will be reduced - please contact Mrs. Prichard.)
  • A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens, Dover Publications)
  • Various worksheets and handouts

2nd Semester Texts: (to be purchased by the tutor)

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson, Dover Publications)
  • The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories (O. Henry, Dover Publications)
  • The Great Short Poems (Philip Smith, Dover Publications)
  • Various worksheets and handouts

Supplies: $30 each semester (which includes the cost of the above books and photocopies)