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Designed for 7th and 8th graders, Literatecs uses literature as a focus for exploring various kinds of essay writing. Students explore poetry, short stories, novels, and drama and delve into interpreting and analyzing literature. Students also have an opportunity to explore some creative writing. Literatecs alternates with Wordsmiths and can be taken in either order.   Register online   This course will next be offered in the 2021-2022 school year.


Ideal for 7th and 8th graders, this course covers the basics of solid sentence and paragraph construction as well as building five-paragraph essays. It covers elements of narrative, descriptive, expository and persuasive writing for a variety of subject areas. It also includes some creative writing. This course has a larger grammar and mechanics component than the high school classes, but the emphasis is on writing, not worksheets. Wordsmiths is being offered for the 2020-2021 school year. at both REACH and CCPA Register online .  As of 6/5, Wordsmiths with Jill Anderson at REACH is closed; however,  Joanna Knighten is taking registrations for an online version of Wordsmiths that will be held on Wednesdays. 


Recommended for freshmen and sophomores. This course introduces young writers to the core components of good essay writing: grammar, mechanics, critical reasoning, organization, and an understanding of the different types of writing and how they are used in different subject areas. The course focuses on the different types of expository writing, and culminates in an in-depth research project. Students will also practice the skills necessary for success on the language and writing portions of the SAT. This course is a pre-AP level course. Writing I will be available at both CCPA on Mondays and REACH on Wednesdays. Register online .  Writing I Online at REACH now has a wait list.


Writing About Literature is open to all high school students without a prerequisite; however, it is an ideal follow-up to Writing I. The focus is on the close reading of poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction in a historical context. Students delve into representative works of literature to determine structure, style, and theme, as well as how these reflect the beliefs and theories of the works time and how the work relates to our time. The students then respond to these essays in multiple ways, including the writing of reflective, analytical, and critical essays. This course will be taught by Joanna Rempel-Knighten at CCPA and by Jill Anderson at REACH. Register online .


Designed for juniors and seniors who have completed Writing I, Writing II emphasizes the reasoning and writing skills necessary for writing more advanced essays and research papers. The focus for this advanced class is on argumentative writing, and therefore includes instruction and exercises in critical analysis, logic, and synthesis. It will include a major research project in the spring. This course is intended to be the equivalent of an honors or AP level course. Sophomores who have completed Writing I will be considered on an individual basis. Writing II will be available at both the REACH South and CCPA campuses. Register online


EWCB offers an independent study research intensive for high school seniors who have completed Writing II. This course can be treated as a one or two semester course. Students will choose a topic to study in depth using college-level resources and construct a 20+ page argumentative thesis. Participating students will meet monthly to cover general topics related to research and writing, along with regular one-on-one sessions. If interested, contact Jill Anderson. Register online .


CCPA classes are held on Mondays (Aug-May) at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3501 Red River.

REACH classes are held online on Wednesdays (Aug-May) .

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WRITING THE COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY: Individual tutoring for those who want to make the most of their college application essays. I prefer to work with students for a minimum of six weeks prior to deadlines so that there is time to work through the entire process from brainstorming topics through multiple revisions to a final draft that represents the writer at his or her best.  $35-40 per hour (depending on location arrangements)

CURRICULUM DESIGN CONSULTING: In the last few years, the array of materials and curriculums available to homeschoolers has expanded exponentially. Whether new to homeschooling or an “old hat” looking for a new direction, I can help you identify your personal homeschooling philosophy and family educational profile and direct you toward a curriculum plan that fits your needs and goals.  $35-40 per hour (depending on location arrangements)