Writing With Kris courses help students think critically, improve their writing skills, and develop an appreciation for classic literature
in-depth look at a classic novel
Students will spend the entire class studying one novel. Reading this novel will be an “experience” for your child. While many students love to race through great books at the speed of lightning, periodically everyone should read great works very slowly and analytically – studying the deeper meanings and discussing ideas with peers. Each week, a portion of class time is devoted to discussing aspects of the novel.
Literary analysis through annotations, summarizing, outlining, and charting.
Even at an early age, students begin to look for key elements in their novel. They learn literary terms such as plot, protagonist, antagonist, setting, conflicts, theme, climax, etc. Students learn to annotate their novels by underlining and note taking in the margins. Thus students learn the skill of reading with an engaged, thinking, wondering mind.
Focused Writing Instruction
At first, students learn how to write a good quality sentence, and eventually they end up learning how to write a good quality essay and research paper. We focus on quality instead of quantity by seeking mastery of the skills taught. If a student cannot write one paragraph well, how can they write a quality essay? Our students learn about organization, grammar, style, and content.
Weekly homework assignments allow students to develop important skills like organization, time management, and perseverance. Our classes are fun, but they are also challenging. Teachers of younger students communicate directly with parents via email regarding homework assignments, whereas older students are expected to take responsibility for their own homework assignments and due dates.
individual feedback from the teacher
Each student receives personal feedback from his or her teacher on each assignment. As a result, parents are able to identify what aspect of their child’s writing is strongest and what aspect is weakest. This individualized feedback results in much better and faster improvement in your child’s performance.
Developing classroom skills
Since many homeschool students have little opportunity to practice classroom etiquette, our structured classes provide the perfect opportunity for students to develop listening and note-taking skills. Learning to listen to the teacher’s lectures and instructions, as well as patiently engaging in lively discussions with peers, is an invaluable experience for homeschool students.
After spending several weeks digesting a great novel, our students get to share an oral presentation as well as a creative visual project that is related to their novel. This enrichment project provides an opportunity for every student to exercise their creativity. Public speaking and creative visual displays are a regular part of higher education as well as many work environments, so it is important to allow students the opportunity to develop some of these creative skills, as well as developing their public speaking skills. Family and friends are invited to join us on the final class day when the enrichment projects are presented.