2023-24 Middle School Classes (6-8th Grade)

Structure and Style: Year 1 Level B


This curriculum allows students to encounter mysterious plants, animals, and modern legends while learning to write with the Structure and Style® writing method. Offering a full year of instruction for students in grades 6–8, these lessons cover all nine IEW Units. Includes two novel studies: The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy, and Just So Stories.

Just added: Also covers Fix It! Grammar Level Two: Town Mouse and Country Mouse

Choose from two options:

Tuesdays 10-11 a.m. PST (in person)

Thursdays 10-11 a.m. PST (online) - **FULL**

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Literature* & the Lost Tools of Writing 


In this class, we will pair quality literature with analysis and persuasive essays. Every writer - no matter how old or experienced or published - has to come up with good ideas, organize those ideas clearly, and express them effectively. The three canons of classical rhetoric - Invention, Arrangement, Elocution - do this. Once the aspiring writer grasps how to employ these tools effectively the stresses and confusions that accompany writing begin to fade and with it the fear that often comes with writing assignments. 

Tuesdays 3-4 p.m. (Meets online)

Literature selections*: 

Beorn the Proud

The Trumpeter of Krakow

Yung Fu of the Upper Yangtze

The King’s Fifth

Johnny Tremain

A Wrinkle in Time

Moccasin Trail

The Giver

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*Some selections may contain distinctly Christian content

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New for Fall! The Art of Classic Creative Writing (for teens 13-19)

Why do we tell stories? What makes them so captivating? What makes a good story?

Nothing is so memorable as a great story. Jesus, the greatest Storyteller of all, knew this truth! In this class, we will focus on classic storytelling with redemptive themes. In addition to gleaning from Boris Fishman’s The Creative Writer series (Well-Trained Mind Press), each week we will examine well-crafted passages from enduring stories, modeling specific elements and literary devices in our writing. 

Whether your students are in the middle of writing a work of fiction or just beginning the creative process, this is a class that will help them hone their writing and produce a story worth reading. For teens 13-19.

Text: The Creative Writer Level Two, Boris Fishman

The Creative Writer Level Three, Boris Fishman

Wednesdays 1-2 p.m. PST online

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