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How Classes Work
Brave Writer’s Online Classroom
CLOSED April 8 - May 17, 2013
13 - 18 years old
KWI is the natural follow-up to Kidswrite Basic, particularly for 8th to 10th graders or high school students who’ve had little experience with writing. KWB is not a necessary prerequisite, however. This course enables students to develop their writing voices while it teaches them how to think rhetorically. We use a variety of exercises. Writing skills to be addressed are:
- Musicality in language
- Powerful association (metaphor)
- Keenly observing an idea
- Rhetorical thinking
- Discovering the “true truth” in writing
- Collage writing (a final project that synthesizes the work over the six weeks)
Kidswrite Intermediate acts as a transition between the free-wheeling, personal experience-driven writing of youth and the more disciplined, rhetorically-driven thinking of academic writing. Unlike any other writing program, KWI takes seriously the need to protect and nourish a student’s original writing voice, while also calling on that student to develop a most sophisticated investigation of academic topics. Rather than simply leaving childhood writing behind, KWI invites students to apply that flair they’ve developed to the academic task. As we nurture young teens’ ability to reason, we show them that they have resources available in their personal experience as well as their past writing that will enhance and empower their expository essays and research papers.
Kidswrite Intermediate features writing exercises developed exclusively for Brave Writer. Most writing programs expect kids to make the transition from early childhood writing to academic writing without providing them the tools to make that journey. Kidswrite Intermediate stands in that gap and offers a set of exercises and writing processes that your child can use again and again as he or she moves into high school and beyond.
For more information about how the classes are run, please read about online classes.