Writing 1
Basic Composition
Tutor: Amanda Gonsalves
Email: Amanda.Gonsalves@CHATclasses.com
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, period 2

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 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.

This class uses Google Classroom as a platform for submitting work and receiving feedback. We will also occasionally be using other online platforms and tools to help facilitate discussions and the writing process itself.

Note: Although Writing 1 is formatted as a year-long class, each semester has its own syllabus and literature selection. It may be possible to add to this class at semester.  Please contact the tutor with questions

Tutor: Amanda Gonsalves has a BA in English and German from Iowa State University with a Secondary Education teaching degree. She has taught in public schools, in homeschool coops and various Bible studies. Her desire is to help students bring the light and life of Jesus into each of their contexts through critical thinking and clear communication. Mrs. G lives and homeschools in Bloomington, where she enjoys reading, creating, and spending time with her four daughters and husband.

Cost: $252, $262 or $272 per semester (depending on registration date)
: Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Homework: 2-4 hours per week
1st Semester Books:

  • Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) (to be purchased by the parent)
  • A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens, Dover Publications) [purchased by the tutor]

2nd Semester Books:

  • Animal Farm (George Orwell) (to be purchased by the parent)
  • The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories (O. Henry, Dover Publications) [purchased by the tutor]
  • Great Short Poems (Philip Smith, ed., Dover Publications) [purchased by the tutor]

Supplies: Books purchased by tutor are included in the cost for the class (above). Each student will need writing utensils, paper and a folder dedicated to this class. Computer access is needed at home.