Art of Writing I

Bob Lawrence

Course Time:
This course is offered on Thursdays.

Course Pre-Requisites:

  • This course is open to 10th - 12th grade students.

  • Students are required to have a basic command of writing and understand
    the 5 paragraph essay.

  • ALL students must pass a writing placement test prior to registration.

Course Texts:


  • The Hodges Harbrace Handbook, 18th Edition

       ISBN-   1111346704
       This is the same text used in Basic Composition.

  • The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking

       ISBN-   0944583105  (kindle / digital copy acceptable)
       This guide is only used for a few assignments. 
       It is, however, necessary for those assignments.

Course Description:
This class builds on the English skills taught in Basic Composition;
however, students who have strong writing skills will also be welcome in this class.

Students will learn how to conduct effective and professional research, as well as
logic skills that will prepare them for college. They will learn how to integrate that
critical thinking into their writing. 

The class will cover a paper over logic, an essay requiring students to defend a
Biblical belief, and finally a paper that will ask students to take an argumentative
thesis and defend it using the research they have discovered.  

This is a class that prepares them for college level work.


Course Class Time: 

Class will be structured as follows:

  • Lecture on Logic (as it relates to writing and paper assignments)

  • tests over readings 

  • in-class drill and writing focused on grammar and essay assignments 

  • primary essay assignments and research written and conducted outside of class


Course Homework Requirements: 

  • Writing, more writing, and thinking.  

  • Assignments will cover grammar and logic.  In both cases, the assignments will
    require the student to write their answers coherently or to analyze and rewrite
    sentences for grammar practice.    

  • Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week on homework.


  • Students often perform at different levels, so some students may spend more time
    on assignments and essays than others.  This is normal.

  • The work should be spread out throughout the week for optimal learning.


  • Tests are 10 questions each and multiple choice.

  • As a writing course, we will have no mid-term or final.
    These days will be for submitting Primary Essay Assignments. 


  • 75%   essay assignments

  • 15%   tests

  • 10%   homework

  • As this is a writing course, with papers being continually edited and improved upon,
    parents should expect grades in Schoology to flucuate significantly.  If you ever have
    concern or need clarification on a student's current grade, please feel free to contact me.

Specific Requirements:

  • Internet access and a reliable printer are required.

  • Students might find it easier to complete research at the end of the year if they
    have access to the Brentwood Library or the Nashville Public Library system.  
    However, this is not required.  



Course Supplies:

  • textbook

  • critical thinking booklet (paper or digital copy acceptable)

  • binder

  • loose-leaf, lined paper



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