Composition I Invention & Persusasion
The most impressive thing I noticed about this program from Veritas is the variety of assignments. The writing prompts are well thought-out and well-directed, but the topics are both timely and timeless. In a lesson on the effectiveness of advertising, students remark on a popular chicken restaurant and their animal-centered ads. Being a critical reader leads to being an effective writer, and the lessons mix traditional writing instruction with engaging text. Students are encouraged to have opinions and communicate them effectively. A strong writer can pretty much use this course independently. The parent/teacher role is to give specific feedback, encourage your writer, and be an audience for them. There are 40 lessons and the teacher guide has reduced student pages plus tips for the lessons below. Suggested schedules in the back include a 2-day option and a 5-day plan. Basic grading rubrics in the teacher guide offer loose guidance for grading essays. Instruction is from the writers of World Magazine, so it is recommended that you have it or other magazines with images and ads, plus a dictionary and thesaurus. For a student interested in pursuing journalism, this will likely be their favorite course!