Writing (Ages 13+)

Teacher: Lauren Mitchell

Age of Students: 13 and up

Class Fee: $7

Length: 2 Semesters

Prerequisites: Students show readiness for high school level work

Class Description:

In the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) class we will earn a new approach to writing. Your student will learn note taking skills from nonfiction passages, the use of quality adjectives, strong verbs, and “ly” adverbs. Teachers will grade written work and vocabulary quizzes will be graded in class. The goal is to enjoy the writing process, improve vocabulary, and build confidence in their writing ability. By the end of the year, students will acquire a “tool box” of writing skills to produce a final quality product of a five paragraph report.

Homework Requirements:

There will be up to 30 minutes per day of homework. Two typed copies of completed papers are required each week.

Required Materials:

  • IEW: US History-Based Writing Lessons
  • Student Resource Notebook
  • Access to a computer and a printer. All assignments must be typed and two copies of each assignment turned in every week.
  • Red pen for grading vocabulary quizzes
  • pen or pencil
  • notebook paper


In order for the writing process to be taught effectively, both the IEW: US History-Based Writing Lessons and Student Resource Notebook must be purchased and brought weekly for use in class. The US History-Based Writing Lessons is a consumable (yearly purchase) book that lays out the process in an extremely effective way. The Student Resource Notebook is a non-consumable (one time purchase) reference book that can be used now and over the course of your student’s writing career. Both of these books work together and are an investment toward your student’s ability to become a confident writer.