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.

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: Amanda Gonsalves has a BA in English and German from Iowa State University with a Secondary Education teaching degree.  She has taught in various settings from public schools, homeschool coops, Bible studies along with homeschooling her own four children. Currently as a Charlotte Mason home educator, she knows that life is sustained by ideas! We get them chiefly as we encounter them in living books and as we convey these ideas to one another–in this case, through written expression.   Her joy is to help students grow in their confidence and ability to write about worthwhile ideas.  Meeting students where they are and helping them bring their writing to the next level is her goal.  She lives in Bloomington, and in her downtime, you may find her surrounded by books, knitting project in her lap and a warm drink in her hand.

Cost: $245, $255 or $265 per semester (depending on registration date)
: Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Homework: 2-4 hours per week
1st Semester Texts (to be purchased by the tutor) :

  • Animal Farm (George Orwell)
  • A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens, Dover Publications)

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

  • Thirty-Nine Steps  (John Buchan, Dover Publications)
  • The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories (O. Henry, Dover Publications)
  • Great Short Poems (Philip Smith, ed., Dover Publications)

Supplies: The tutor will purchase the books for students, and the price of the books is included in the cost for the class (above).  Students need to bring a student notebook for taking notes and for keeping track of homework.