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Great poetry course – Poetry Writing I: Joining the Great Tradition

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Note: Only 20 students accepted in this course.
Class dates: Mondays, January 5 to April 20, 2015. No class Feb. 16 or April 5.
Total classes: 14
Starting time: 1:00 pm Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Poetry or Literature/ Creative Writing
Fee:  $210 for all 14 classes.
Instructor: Sally Thomas
Course description: An introduction to the craft of poetry writing, including examination of traditional English verse forms and free verse, and experimentation with rhetorical techniques. Though this is a writing-intensive class, students will also be immersed in the reading of poetry. Through their experiences in examining how poems work and putting their observations into practice, students will prepare themselves for the challenge of college by developing heightened sensitivity as close readers and a greater command of rhetoric in their own writing, whether poetry or prose.
Course outline:
Class 1: Introduction
Class 2: Verse Systems
Class 3: Accentual Meters
Class 4: Syllabic Verse
Class 5: Forms in Free Verse
Class 6: Ode Forms
Class 7: Quantitative Verse
Class 8: Repetitive Structures
Class 9: Comical Schemes
Class 10: Rhetorical Schemes
Class 11: Variation and Mimesis
Class 12: More About Rhyming
Class 13: Uncommon Schemes
Class 14: Poetry Festival
Course materials: Rhyme’sReason, John Hollander.
Homework: At least one chapter in Hollander each week, plus additional poetry readings, provided by the instructor. One poetry-writing exercise per week.
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Scope & Sequence for Aquinas Writing Advantage Program

Homeschool Connections writing program, Aquinas Writing Advantage, is a complete online program for you and your student. It is designed to help students become skilled writers and be prepared for their futures. Aquinas Writing Advantage graduates are ready for college and beyond.

 
Parents often asked us, “Where do I start?” To answer that question, we offer the following scope and sequence, based on your student’s grade level in the fall. Whether your child is starting with Homeschool Connections in 7th grade or 12th grade, we can help you. Our live, interactive classes provide grading and feedback, giving you ease of mind and freeing your time. We also offer recorded, independent-learning classes, providing you with yet another homeschool option.To learn more, please visit our website at www.homeschoolconnections.com or email us at homeschoolconnections@gmail.com.

 
SUGGESTED SCOPE AND SEQUENCE 
For the Student Beginning in the 12th Grade


12th GRADE
Fall
How to Be an Excellent Student (short course)
Elements of Writing for High School: Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for High School
Vocabulary and Writing I
Spring 
Advance Writing and Rhetoric
Advanced Research Writing
Vocabulary and Writing II


SUGGESTED SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

For the Student Beginning in the 11th Grade

11th GRADE

Fall
Elements of Writing for High School: Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for High School
Vocabulary and Writing I
Spring
How to Be an Excellent Student (short course)
High School Writing Essentials: Excellent Paragraph and Essay/Test Writing
Vocabulary and Writing II

12th GRADE

Fall
Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 1: Archetypes
Spring
Advanced Research Writing
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 2: Form


SUGGESTED SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

For the Student Beginning in the 10th Grade
10th GRADE
Fall
How to Be an Excellent Student (short course)
Elements of Writing for High School: Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for High School 
Vocabulary and Writing I
Spring 
Vocabulary and Writing II
Fiction Writing Series
11th GRADE
Fall
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 1: Archetypes
High School Writing Essentials: Excellent Paragraph and Essay/Test Writing
Spring 
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 2: Form
12th GRADE
Fall
Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
Spring 
Advanced Research Writing


SUGGESTED SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

For the Student Beginning in the 9th Grade
9th GRADE
Fall
How to Be an Excellent Student (or in the spring)
Fiction Writing Series
Spring 
Fiction Writing Series 

10th GRADE
Fall
Elements of Writing for High School: Punctuation and Grammar/Simplified Writing for High School 
Vocabulary and Writing I
Spring 
Vocabulary and Writing II
11th GRADE
Fall
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 1: Archetypes
High School Writing Essentials: Excellent Paragraph and Essay/Test Writing
Spring 
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 2: Form
12th GRADE
Fall
Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
Spring 
Advanced Research Writing


SUGGESTED SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

For the Student Beginning in the 8th Grade
8th GRADE
Fall
Elements of Writing for Middle School: Essential Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for Middle School
Spring 
Middle School Writing Essentials: Excellent Sentence and Paragraph Writing
Fiction Writing Series 
9th GRADE
Fall
How to Be an Excellent Student
Middle School Writing II
Spring 
Fiction Writing Series 

10th GRADE
Fall
Elements of Writing for High School: Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for High School 
Vocabulary and Writing I
Spring 
Vocabulary and Writing II
11th GRADE
Fall
High School Writing Essentials: Excellent Paragraph and Essay/Test Writing
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 1: Archetypes
Spring 
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 2: Form
12th GRADE
Fall
Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
Spring 
Advanced Research Writing


SUGGESTED SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

For the Student Beginning in the 7th Grade
7th GRADE
Fall
Elements of Writing for Middle School: Essential Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for Middle School
Spring 
Middle School Writing Essentials: Excellent Sentence and Paragraph Writing
8th GRADE
Fall
Middle School Writing II
Spring
Fiction Writing Series (3 4-week courses)
9th GRADE
Fall
How to Be an Excellent Student
Fiction Writing Series
Spring
Elements of Writing for High School: Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for High School 10th GRADE
Fall

Vocabulary and Writing I
Spring 
Vocabulary and Writing II
11th GRADE
Fall
High School Writing Essentials: Excellent Paragraph and Essay/Test Writing
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 1: Archetypes
Spring 
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 2: Form
12th GRADE
Fall
Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
Spring 
Advanced Research Writing

 All of these courses can be taken as live, interactive classes or they can be taken as recorded, independent-learning classes. To learn more, please visit our website at www.homeschoolconnections.com or email us at homeschoolconnections@gmail.com.

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10. Take school with you.
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Perhaps you love to read. If so, choose a literature course on a book you love. Reread The Hobbit as you watch Dr. Russell’s Hobbit lectures over a couple of weeks. Or Screwtape Letters, or Space Trilogy, or The Man Who Was Thursday. You can choose from over 20 literature courses.

3. Summer is a great time to hone your writing skills
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2. Keep a schedule and stick to it. 
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1. Keep it simple.
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