I enjoy encouraging students to develop their own unique writing style, while at the same time teaching them how to grow in their literature analysis and writing skills. My passion for writing began at an early age and led me to pursue a career in teaching and professional writing. I have experience teaching in both public and private school settings. Soon after my first child was born, I knew I wanted to homeschool.
While homeschooling my children, I wrote for several local newspapers and magazines. Throughout our homeschooling journey, I've used a variety of curricula and have adapted them to the needs of my students, whether with my own children, or those in my co-op. My two sons have since graduated and are attending college. I'm currently homeschooling my daughter.
*Below you'll find the courses I'll be offering for the upcoming school year.
*Classes will meet once per week for one hour. I will be available for questions throughout the week via email.
*I'm also available for private tutoring.
*New this year! I'll be offering British Literature/Composition and Writing as a Life Skill for the 2022-2023 school year. Look for more information below!
Technology Information: At this time, live classes will meet via Zoom. Students will be required to have their own Gmail address and be familiar with Google Docs. Class communication including assignments, announcements, and grades will be Google Classroom.
Middle School Writing Level 1
This course provides foundational grammar and writing skills for middle school students. Skills covered include, but are not limited to: parts of speech, sentence structure, paragraph development, literary elements and self-editing. Students also practice different styles of writing including research based, narrative, journalistic, creative, and descriptive writing. Students will receive group instruction on grammar and writing skills, have the opportunity to submit drafts of their writing to be checked and corrected by the instructor, and have opportunities for sharing their writing with the other class members.
Middle School Writing Level 2
This course expands upon the basic elements of writing and goes in-depth to further these foundational skills. Assignments are more detailed than those in Level 1 and will focus on preparing students to be confident writers once they enter high school. Students practice different styles of writing including research based, essay, persuasive, creative, and descriptive writing. Students will receive group instruction on grammar and writing skills, have the opportunity to submit drafts of their writing to be checked and corrected by the instructor, and share their writing with classmates.
August 23. 2022- May 2023
10 :00 a.m. EST
High School American Literature & Composition
In the American Literature and Composition course, the student will study great American authors and will continue to develop skills through structured study and independent reading of literary and biographical texts. Through literary texts, the student will study the author’s craft by making inferences, determining point of view, and analyzing theme and figurative language. In addition, the student will continue to develop and use in reading, writing, and oral communication, a growing knowledge of vocabulary. This will be practiced through in- class Socratic discussion. Composition skills will include various types including informational, expository, persuasive, argumentative, and narrative. Students will proofread and edit for the correct use of grammar and will improve the content and development, the organization, and the quality of voice in their writing through the use of revision strategies.
August 23, 2022-May 2023
11:00 a.m. EST
**An Honors level option is available for an additional $25/year.
High School British Literature & Composition
In the British Literature and Composition course, the student will study British authors from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Postmodern period and will continue to develop skills through structured study and independent reading of novels and poetry. The student will study significant writers who have influenced the direction of English language and thought. The course uses the chronological approach so that students may observe how background customs and conditions have affected the literature and language. By analyzing literary works and practicing different writing techniques, students will improve their grammar, usage, style, and vocabulary. The Socratic method of discussion will deepen the student's level of understanding and analysis. Composition skills will include expository, persuasive, argumentative, and research based. Students will proofread and edit for the correct use of grammar and will improve the content and development, the organization, and style in their writing through the use of revision strategies.
August 22, 2022-May 2023, 10:00 a.m. EST
**An Honors level option is available for and additional $25/year.
*Upon completion of the registration form, you'll receive a parent email with confirmation of registration and other important information.
Writing as a Life Skill
Learn how to write in the adult world using the Writing Process. This class covers five different writing styles: narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive, and comparison/contrast. Text includes relevancy to writing in the real world, sample essays (topics, notes, outlines and final drafts), mastery checklists and assignments. Students learn to write, self-edit, research and cite works.
August 22, 2022-May 2023, 11:30 a.m. EST
Writing as a Life Skill by Elizabeth Hempton