5th - 8th Grades


Creative Writing:

In this class we focus on the art of writing using prompts, stylistic writing (such as poetry or dialog), and games to help reluctant writers express themselves, while giving those with a love of writing the tools to help hone their skill. The most important part of this class is just writing down their thoughts and ideas on paper, without worrying about spelling, punctuation, or form (except in the case of poetry). 

At the end of the semester, each student will have a book created using their previous writings from earlier in the semester, along with a longer story combining all the elements we focused on this semester. 

This is not a graded course. Homework depends on the student, and usually will include simply finishing a story they had begun in class but were unable to finish in order to share the following class if they so desire. Part of the class is sharing your writing with the class; no critiques just sharing and encouragement.

**Note: Families paying using non-charter funds for class fee receive a $10 discount if paid in full the first day of the semester




Course Details

Day: Mon
Period: 6

Frequency: Once per Week
Class Duration: Semester

Course Cost:   $100
Materials Cost:   $0
Materials Required




Other Materials:

Binder or composition book and pen or pencil with which to write and accumulate their work.

Students may use a computer to type if they find it easier; however, if the computer becomes a distraction, I will ask they return to pen and paper.

Payment Information

Private Funds Accepted? Yes

Cash: Yes
Check: Yes
Paypal: Yes

Charter Funds Accepted? Yes

Forest: Yes
Horizons: Yes
Inspire Charter School: Yes
South Sutter: Yes
Visions: Yes

Instructor Biography

This will be my fifth year teaching homeschool Writing and History classes as well as IEW Themed Writing.  I graduated from UC Davis with two BAs, one in English with a focus on 20th century Literature, and the second in History with a focus on European History specializing in 16th century medicine. My passion is to teach my students to find their voice and use their writing to convey their thoughts clearly and fully.

Wanting to give you more personal information I tried to think of my favorite author or book, but I just cannot settle on one. I find it shifts from week to week depending on who or what I am reading. Some of my favorites are: Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Little WomenThe Sound & the Fury, Pride & Prejudice, House of the Spirits, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, all of Shakespeare, and Canterbury Tales

History is a life long passion as I find I can never quite get enough information about those who came before us and the lives they lived. I hope to help make history come alive for my students; to try and connect in some tangible way with the people they read about in the pages of history books. I like to remind people, history is not just facts or stories, but the lives of real people who felt, thought, and lived in vastly different times. Some of those lives may have changed the world dramatically, but many more changed it in small subtle ways simply by living. History is a living subject because we are still creating it today. 

Research, Reading, and Writing are three of my passions I hope to instill in my students.