Level: Form II (4th–6th grades)
Discover and be amazed at the wonders of the ancient world while learning to write with structure and style!
The Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons “offers writing topics that explore the civilizations of Sumer, Egypt, Israel, Babylon, Greece, Rome, Asia Minor, and Asia—the people’s ideas, traditions, systems of government, feats, and wonderful skills.” Upper-elementary students will participate in activities aimed to inspire a love of words, sentences, and word-play. With the support of guided group discussion, brainstorming, and critique, students will learn to write with appropriate structure while enlivening their prose with stylistic flare.
Over the course of the year, students will gain a growing awareness of sentence structure and grammar that goes hand-in-hand with their growing ability to amplify and manipulate the parts of a sentence. We will focus on developing vivid vocabulary and sentence variety in a range of compositions including both fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in ongoing reading and typing challenges to develop skills and habits essential to competent communicators.
To receive the full benefit of the writing class, students will need sufficient time and a handful of supplies. In addition to weekly class sessions, students should plan to spend another half an hour to 1.5 hours each week completing assignments at home.
This course is taught by Jen Hartenburg, a published author who has been teaching literature and writing since 1997. She is an Accomplished Instructor with the Institute for Excellence in Writing.
$40 supplies fee covers the cost of BHSC-purchased student materials including IEW’s Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons student book, a dedicated class binder with tab dividers, and reinforced lined paper as well as other teaching/classroom resources.
Families supply black-ink pens, pencils, colored pencils, and erasers in a pencil pouch. Students will also need access to a dictionary and thesaurus for homework.
Additionally, students will be need access to the Internet, word-processing interface, and printer services. Students will need to be able to type, print, and email assignments using a sharable word processing program compatible with Microsoft Word. They may also be required to visit a local public library to check out books and to retrieve electronic research material. Ideally, each student should have her own library card, but a parent/family card is acceptable.