Designed for grades 5–9
3 volumes, each to be completed in 10 weeks.
Great essays have the power to encourage, empower, and enlighten. For this reason essay writing should not be treated as just a mechanical endeavor, but rather, as a pathway for the writer to communicate the depths of the heart and mind.
Big ideas can be communicated through a range of writing domains including creative writing. It is vital that students discover and explore the potential of all types. Some writing describes, some narrates, some exposes, and some persuades. Some writing is simply meant to entertain. All writing has the power to inform. This first year course will focus on composing the descriptive and literary essay.
Each volume includes 5 lessons to be completed over ten weeks time, designed to mentor the student in the art of essay writing.
Vol. 1-3 Bundle includes:
- Student Guide – Vol. 1: Essay as Structure: Become an Architect!
- Student Guide – Vol. 2: The Descriptive Essay
- Student Guide – Vol. 3: The Literary Essay
- Thinking in Threes, by Brian Backman
- The Tin Forest, by Helen Ward
- Grandfather’s Journey, by Allen Say
- The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf
- Train to Somewhere, by Eve Bunting
- Letting swift River Go, by Jane Yolen
Volume 1 – Essay as Structure: Become an Architect!
An exploration of essay form and writing technique.
Writers will be introduced to the strategies and stylistic techniques that will enable then to compose authentic essays. Teacher support material is included in the volume.
Volume 2 – The Descriptive Essay
An exploration of the Descriptive Essay.
Writers will be mentored through each step of the process as they compose five original descriptive essays—beginning with a prompt, brainstorming, crafting a thesis and developing the idea through the self-edit and final draft. Teacher support material is included in the volume.
Volume 3 – The Literary Essay
An exploration of the Literary Essay.
Writers will be mentored through each step of the process as they compose five original literary essays in response to five exceptional small tales—beginning with a prompt, brainstorming, crafting a thesis and developing the idea through the self-edit and final draft. Teacher support material is included in the volume.