Writing 2
Advanced Composition
Tutor: Tammy Prichard
Email: tamprichard@gmail.com
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, period 3

Description:  Students will experiment with various forms of essays to enhance and improve their writing abilities and critical thinking skills. Literature will be used to develop critical thinking and further explore writing possibilities. Following are examples that may be used of various writing forms: narrative, descriptive, illustration, process, persuasive, compare/contrast, creative, cause and effect, definition, persuasion, argument. Specific grammar and other mechanical components will be reviewed and addressed in order to build the content around the needs of the students. Assignments for the class will include reading assignments, short, weekly, written responses and 3 to 5 essays each semester that are 2 to 5 pages in length. Students will compose outlines, rough drafts, and final drafts for each of the essay assignments.

Note:  Although Writing 2 is formatted as a year-long class, each semester has its own syllabus and literature selection.  Students 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 10-12
Prerequisite: Writing 1 or tutor approval
Homework: 3-4 hours per week
1st Semester Texts: (to be purchased by the tutor)

  • My Antonia (Willa Cather, Dover Publications)
  • Other excerpts from Midwestern writers
  • Various worksheets and handouts

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

  • Short, Short Stories (Paul Negri, ed., Dover Publications)
  • 101 Great American Poems (Literacy Project, ed., Dover Publications)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dover Publications
  • Various worksheets and handouts

Supplies: $30 each semester for books listed above and photocopies