Maybe you’ve wondered…
- If there’s a way to tap into stress-free writing formats and still help your kids prepare for academic writing?
- Have you ever wished for completed writing projects to tuck into the homeschool notebook at the end of the year?
- Have you hoped for a less-stressful way to tackle writing, the subject that always seems to slip to the bottom of the to-do list?
Middle School Writing Projects is designed to help you and your kids write across the curriculum in a supportive, gently directed environment. If you’re feeling a bit stymied for ideas or could use a helping hand in providing feedback and support in keeping writing projects on task, our Middle School Writing Projects four-week class can support you through the process.
This class is designed to help turn your children’s non-fiction knowledge and personal experiences into meaningful writing projects. Best of all, they are polished projects that look beautiful in homeschool portfolios.
From the initial stage of picking a topic and mini report format to stepping through revision and editing, Angela Harris, your Middle School Writing Projects instructor, offers warm, supportive, creative feedback that will walk you and your kids through the process with the project of your choice. You and your children will pick the non-fiction writing project that suits (750 word limit, please) and Angela will support you in helping your child succeed at completing it.
The end results will amaze and delight you both!
Choose from a variety of Middle School Writing formats:
- Newspaper article
- A “How-to” report
- One-Page Narration (with stylistic suggestions)
- Fact book
- PowerPoint/Keynote Presentation
What exactly are the benefits of participating in the Middle School Writing Projects class?
- Professional Feedback: Flexible experienced teacher feedback options help you become a better coach. Take the opportunity to learn how to provide student feedback or take a break from homeschool and let your student work through the process independently with the instructor.
- Personal Achievement: Learn how to help kids tap into their academic knowledge and real-life experiences to generate interesting non-fiction writing projects. Tap into books read, movies watched, catalogs perused, recipes cooked, crafts constructed, photographs taken, pictures drawn, etc.
- Appropriate Pace: Learn how to pace a writing project over a four week period, meeting deadlines just like professional writers do. Each mini report project comes complete with weekly guidelines for successful completion. Manageable writing goals allow successful completion of projects with student willingness to revisit other mini report projects in the future.
- Community Support: Connect with other students and parents in Brave Writer’s custom-designed online classroom that facilitates interaction, camaraderie, and support.
- Research Skills: Develop or fine tune research skills and learn how to properly identify credible sources.
- Across the Curriculum: Develops students’ abilities to hone skills in writing across the curriculum, narrowing their chosen subjects and determining subtopics.
- Critical Thinking: Expands students’ critical thinking and discriminatory skills: sorting through information (what is relevant, what is too much, what is not enough, what is specific enough…), and finding appropriate details to support questions (questions are just like assertions in expository writing, but in question form).
The structure of the class is as follows:
- Week One: Choosing the project/Research
- Week Two: Freewriting/Drafting
- Week Three: Narrowing and Expanding
- Week Four: Publishing and Finding Readers
Create accountability for yourself by enrolling in this class. You’ll feel good knowing you’ve completed one writing project from start to finish, with feedback that gives you a solid sense of your child’s current developmental stage of writing. You’ll also sharpen your tool set for future writing projects so that you become a more and more skilled writing coach in your child’s life.
Discover how to take the drudgery of “reporting” and turn it into meaningful writing projects that will cause your young writers to grow as writers and researchers.
Class Structure Description #
Brave Writer online classes are specially designed with the busy homeschooling parent in mind. Classes last anywhere from four to six weeks. We offer courses that address a specific writing need so that you can take the ones that suit your family throughout the school year. Short class sessions enable you to work around family vacations, out-of-town swim meets, recovering from wisdom teeth removal, and visits from grandparents. We operate on the quarter system, including a summer session. Our most popular classes repeat each quarter, while others are seasonal.
Our classes meet in a customized online classroom, designed specifically to meet the needs of Brave Writer. Only registered students and the instructor have access to the classroom to ensure your privacy. Assignments and reading materials are posted by Brave Writer instructors each week (no additional supply fees necessary, unless otherwise indicated). Either you (homeschooling parent) or your child (homeschooling student) will visit the classroom daily at your convenience to read helpful information about the current topic or to find the writing assignment. We operate "asynchronously" (which means that the discussion is not live, but that posted information remains available to you in your time zone at your convenience). Instructors check the classroom throughout the day to answer questions and give feedback on writing.
Writing is done at home and then typed into the classroom, and shared with both the instructor and other classmates. You're not required to be online at any specific time of the day. We have students from all over the world participating in our classes so "live" discussion is impossible. Instead, the online classroom enables the instructor to post information and assignments when it is convenient to the instructor. Then, when it is convenient for you, you come to the classroom and read the latest postings.
Instructor feedback to student writing is offered for all participants to read. Writing questions are welcomed and encouraged! That's the point of class. We aim to give you immediate support as you face writing obstacles.
Brave Writer takes seriously the need for encouragement and emotional safety in writing. No student is ever at risk of being humiliated or mistreated. All online dialog is respectful and supportive of your child's process. This is the core of Brave Writer philosophy. You can read about Brave Writer values here.
What makes our program especially unique in the world of online education is that we value a corporate experience. Rather than teaching your child in a tutorial format, we prefer students to have the opportunity to both publish their work for an audience (other students) and also to have the chance to read other student writing. In no other setting is this possible. Schools-in-buildings rarely have students read each other's work. Homeschooled children are rarely in a classroom environment to begin with, so the opportunity to read peer-writing is nil.
Our classes provide an utterly unique experience in the world of writing instruction. Since most writers grow through emulation of good writing, it is a real advantage to Brave Writer kids to get the chance to read the writing of their fellow home-educated peers. They love it! They get to examine and internalize other ways of writing, analyzing and expressing ideas similar to their own. They have the chance to validate and cheer on their peers. And of course, the best part of all is that they receive the praise and affirmation of kids just like them.
Not only that, all instructor feedback is posted to the classroom for all students to read. That means your kids get the benefit of instructor comments on many papers, not just their own. We've noted that this style of instruction is especially effective and hope you'll test it and agree!
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