www.writeathome.com/ 2204 Fort Belvoir Dr Virginia Beach, VA, 23464 Ph: 757-749-6000 by Emerson Sandow Writing has always been a vital skill and even today, with the encroachment of electronic media, with foreshortened communications such as texting, etc., being able to convey one’s thoughts on paper reigns as the most important of skills – doing so clearly and intelligently is also helpful! In recent years, the SAT essay portion has increased this importance and homeschoolers are very fortunate to have online programs such as Write At Home to provide the deep instruction necessary to achieve mastery without having to attend brick-and-mortar classes at possibly inconvenient times. Write At Home does not require the student user to log in at a certain time or watch a presentation at a given time. Rather, the student can log in “anytime” s/he wishes and can work on an individual schedule throughout the program. Since the students using Write At Home are middle school or high school age, 12 to 18 years, the issue of self-discipline and self-guidance is non-existent. This age is the time of mastering one’s writing skills and the serious homeschooler knows that the future in college and employment hinges on being serious about writing. Write At Home’s basic self-guided courses come in three different lengths of time: 32-week annual courses, 16-week semester courses, and 8-week workshops. The student is given an assignment and a due date and is expected to submit the completed assignment by the due date. The assignments can take from 1-3 hours per week, sometimes more. Here is a partial list of what the first annual 32-week course for the average 5th or 6th grader is intended to achieve: Students who complete the course will be able to…
- compose complete sentences.
- create logically organized paragraphs.
- write for a variety of purposes, including narration, description, exposition, and persuasion.
- respond to coach feedback on their writing through revising and proofreading.
- demonstrate a grasp of basic writing concepts such as unity, conciseness, and clarity.
- engage the writing process by employing the following five steps in composing every paper: prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing.
- demonstrate comprehension of basic usage and mechanics rules in their writing.
- demonstrate proficiency at writing under time constraints.
- improve their writing across a wide range of broad evaluative areas, including content, style and form.