Writing 1
Basic Composition
Tutor: Kim Witthuhn
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.

Tuition note:  Because of the additional time needed to grade students' papers, the base tuition for this class is $210.

Tutor: Kim Witthuhn works as a professional editor and has taught literature, writing, grammar, history, and geography at various homeschool organizations over the last 15 years, including homeschooling her own children. She recently became certified as a career consultant and enjoys helping people discover the unique design God gave them. She is passionate about helping students enjoy learning and knowing God better by studying His Word and the world He created. Mrs. Witthuhn graduated from Concordia University with a BA in English and Social Science Education. She lives in Eden Prairie with her husband and two of her four children and enjoys leading Bible studies, reading and learning, and spending time with family.

Level: Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Homework: 2-4 hours per week
1st Semester Texts: TBD

2nd Semester Texts: TBD

Supplies: $20