Grammar & Writing II
Course Expectations for Grammar & Writing II:
Recommended for students in 8th-10th grade
This class meets two times per week and is a full year course.
Students will gain a more in-depth understanding of the English language. In this class, students will review the memorization lists from Grammar/Writing I. We will take the basics and work on more complex sentence structures including participles, gerunds, and infinitive phrases and clauses. Here they will master the skills required to help them write better. Students will write well-crafted persuasive thesis essays with narrative, descriptive, expository, and comparative elements. The thesis essay is perhaps the most important form of academic writing.
Students will learn to:
- create complex thesis statements
- write thesis essays with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion
- sustain arguments for 6 paragraphs
- use topic sentences for organizing paragraphs and information
- incorporate supportive facts and details, including quotations, paraphrases, and allusions
- understand audiences better, “hook” their attention, and consider the purpose for reaching them
- appeal to readers though credibility (ethos) and logic (logos)
- build copiousness
- improve essays using speaking as an aid to revision
- revise essays for redundancies, padded writing, informal tone, dangling modifiers, and faulty predication
- analyze literature excerpts for theme
- annotate texts and narrate them both orally and in summary form
- work on delivery in public speaking—volume, pacing, and inflection
• Parents are expected to be fully engaged in the process of their child's comprehending and practicing the grammatical concepts taught in this class.
• Parents will assume all responsibility for making sure homework assignments are done on time.
• There will be a required independent study component to this class which makes up for the lack of classroom time.
• Students will attend class regularly and participate in the discussion. Prior notice of all absences is required.
• Quizzes and tests are not an optional part of the class. Students will be quizzed periodically on the material covered in the assigned reading.
• In order for this class to have full credit value, it is highly recommended that parents provide additional related learning experiences outside of this class.
• Daily practice of the concepts learned in class
• Use your skills to help younger siblings or other students edit their written work.
• Additional personal writing (journaling, letters, etc.)
There are constant mistakes in print. Get in the habit of editing items you read.
ARCHES tutorial-based classes are designed to supplement course work being done in home schools, thereby following the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church in proclaiming parents as the primary educators of their children.
- English 8 for Young Catholics
- Writing & Rhetoric Book 10 - Thesis Part 1 (Student Edition)
- $25.00 Administrative payable to: ARCHES
- $10.00 Copy fee payable to: Stefanie Gazich
- $250.00 Tuition payable per semester to: Stefanie Gazich
Tutor: Stefanie Gazich