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Organizing Your Writing


Organizing Your Writing

Junior High – High School Course (Grades 6-12)

Struggling Learners Focus

Full Year Course

Meets: FALL 2023, Tuesday, 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Instructor: Deirdre Mansel

Resources Required for Organize Your Writing 1:

Fix It Grammar The Nose Tree Level 1

All Things Fun & Fascinating: Writing Lessons in Structure & Style, Revised Edition

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Organizing Your Writing is a course for struggling learners that will focus on teaching students in high school who are struggling with organizing their thoughts and writing to complete academic papers. Students will learn the basics of simple essay writing in a non-stressful environment.

Sometimes our struggling learners struggle to write a complete sentence.  Sometimes they can tell stories but not put them down on paper. Other times, they can write informally in journals and free-writes, but can’t organize an academic paper.  What is the solution? True North Homeschool Academy’s Struggling Learners Department is now offering a writing class to help students learn how to write academic papers.

Organizing Your Writing will focus on the following:

  • Writing a complete sentence (1-2 weeks)
  • Organizing thoughts
  • Selecting three areas of a topic to discuss
  • Thesis statement
  • Transition words

Other topics will be addressed as needed for each class, including but not limited to:

  • Run-on sentences
  • Punctuation
  • Word choice
  • Using adjectives and adverbs
  • Including examples and expanding papers
  • Direct quotations
  • Introducing appropriate vocabulary for a topic

Why are the class sizes so small?

  • Classes through our Struggling Learners program are kept small to facilitate a true cooperative learning environment with our students’ needs foremost in mind. 
  • Classes are individualized according to the needs of the students.
  • Activities progress according to the progress and needs of the students.
  • Smaller groups allow for interaction and support.

Our students are successful in this safe, fun learning environment.  Higher-level thinking skills will be developed and supported in this interactive, small-group instruction that encourages problem-solving and works on meta-cognition, an important executive functioning skill related to study skills in all academic areas.  Classes are warm and inviting in an atmosphere where anxiety is reduced and thinking is maximized.

How is Organizing Your Writing different from tutoring?

Tutoring is a form of reteaching or breaking down learning into smaller steps to help someone who struggles. Our classes go beyond that, evaluating where each student is on a concept and helping them succeed as they learn it.  We use questions to guide students through the learning process and help them understand and correct mistakes they make in the math process.

Classes for our special needs students are formatted as a cooperative environment where students see how other kids process the information and discuss how we think through games and questions. Our teachers create a safe place to discuss and think through the information.

The end result is that our students can see how they learn best and to apply that to other areas of their academic lives.

Full Year Course 1 Credit Course: Your True North Homeschool Academy teacher will teach and grade the class. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you need help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.

Check out our Catalog if you were looking for online private tutoring, for other courses or Academic Advising.

This class is appropriate for 6th -12th-grade students who struggle with writing.

Note: This course is available as a full-year course but check back because it may also be offered as a single semester class during the Spring and Fall.

Resources Required for Organize Your Writing 1:

Fix It Grammar The Nose Tree Level 1

All Things Fun & Fascinating: Writing Lessons in Structure & Style, Revised Edition

Twenty-Five Clues Hinting at Learning Disabilities that Hint at Learning Disabilities. Need a helping hand? Advising will save you time and money!


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