Writing 1
Basic Composition
Tutor: Kim Witthuhn
Email:kimwitthuhn@comcast.net
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, period 1

Description: The primary focus of this class is building good writing techniques. Students will learn to write strong sentences and paragraphs and 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, journal writing, and a descriptive essay, personal history essay, news story, literary analysis essay, biographical essay, and reaction essay. Students will prewrite and 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 and plot. We will practice grammar concepts using Easy Grammar. Additionally, students will provide grammatical and spelling corrections on each of their papers.

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 (to be purchased by parents) :

  • The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons Student Book, Institute for Excellence in Writing (Lesha Myers) (Note: No previous experience with IEW necessary)
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: 180 Daily Teaching Lessons, Grade 9 Student Workbook by Wanda C. Phillips

2nd Semester Texts (to be purchased by parents) :

  • The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons Student Book, Institute for Excellence in Writing (Lesha Myers)   (Note: No previous experience with IEW necessary)
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde  by Robert Louis Stevenson (Please purchase the Dover Thrift Edition)
  • Great Short Poems edited by Paul Negree
  • 100 Great Short Stories edited by James Daley
  • Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: 180 Daily Teaching Lessons, Grade 9 Student Workbook by Wanda C. Phillips

Supplies: $20 for handouts