Building Confident Writers
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Building Confident Writers

Do you have a struggling writer? A student who has anxiety about writing? Or even a student who hates to write?

Writing is a critical skill in all academic areas, in every career field, and even in our social and spiritual lives. This course will help high school students improve their writing skills and become more confident writers!

Students in this course will specifically learn how to overcome writer’s block (and writing fears), how to organize their ideas and get them down on paper, and how to edit and revise their work. They will focus first on writing well-crafted and well-edited sentences; then they will organize sentences into meaningful paragraphs; and eventually they will organize paragraphs into multi-paragraph essays.

If your student isn’t quite ready for the Fundamentals of Composition course, or if he or she took that course and you feel more development is needed, Building Confident Writers is the perfect place to hone those writing skills!

Students will write on a variety of engaging topics with plenty of guidance and encouragement. Because every student’s writing struggle is unique, instruction will be very individualized so that each student has plenty of opportunity for growth. Though students will do much of their drafting during our class time, students will be expected to write on their own every week as well. While there is certainly a place for creativity in most types of writing, please note that this is not a creative writing class. And although instruction will be individualized, it is also not private tutoring. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared for more advanced writing in all content areas.

Special Note: Prior to the first day of class, students must submit a writing sample. The sample should be at least 150 words, typed and double-spaced. The sample can be on any topic (fiction or nonfiction), but it must be the student’s current, original work and should not be edited by anyone other than the student. Please do not use quotations from other sources. This sample will allow the teacher to see each writer’s strengths and weaknesses so she can tailor the instruction to meet the needs of each student. Therefore, an honest and accurate representation of the student’s best but independent work is critical.

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Notebook or journal with at least 100 lined pages
Painless Grammar by Rebecca Elliott (ISBN-13 : 978-1438007748)
All other instructional materials will be provided by the teacher.

Dawn Burnette is truly excited to be part of the Excelsior family as an English teacher! Dawn holds a B.A. in English Education/Journalism from Lenoir-Rhyne University and an M.A. in English Education from Georgia State University. She has also earned National Board Certification and gifted endorsement. While teaching English at a public high school for 15 years, Dawn served as English department chair, coached a nationally ranked dance team, and won a few local, state, and national teaching awards. Dawn loves sharing her passion for reading and writing, and she works tirelessly to help students reach their academic potential and to glorify God in all pursuits.

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