Organizing Your Writing


Organizing Your Writing

Struggling Learners Focus

Full Year Course

Thursday 9:00 -10:00 a.m. CST

Instructor: Torey Barrs

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This course will focus on teaching students who are struggling with organizing their thoughts and writing to complete academic papers. Students will learn the basics of simple essay writing in a non-stressful environment.

Sometimes our struggling learners struggle to write a complete sentence.  Sometimes they can tell stories but not put them down on paper. Other times, they can write informally in journals and free-writes, but can’t organize an academic paper.  What is the solution? True North Homeschool Academy’s Struggling Learners Department is now offering a writing class to help students learn how to write academic papers.

Our class will focus on the following:

  • Writing a complete sentence (1-2 weeks)
  • Organizing thoughts
  • Selecting three areas of a topic to discuss
  • Thesis statement
  • Transition words

Other topics will be addressed as needed for each class, including but not limited to:

  • Run-on sentences
  • Punctuation
  • Word choice
  • Using adjectives and adverbs
  • Including examples and expanding papers
  • Direct quotations
  • Introducing appropriate vocabulary for a topic

Why are the class sizes so small?

  • Classes through our Struggling Learners program are kept small in order to facilitate a true cooperative learning environment with our students’ needs kept foremost in mind.  
  • Classes are individualized according to the needs of the students.
  • Activities progress according to the progress and needs of the students.
  • Smaller groups allow for interaction and support.

Our students are successful in this safe, fun learning environment.  Higher-level thinking skills will be developed and supported in this interactive, small-group instruction that encourages problem-solving, and works on meta-cognition, an important executive functioning skill related to study skills in all academic areas.  Classes are warm and inviting, in an atmosphere where anxiety is reduced and thinking is maximized.

How is it different from tutoring?

Tutoring is a form of reteaching or breaking down learning into smaller steps to help someone who struggles. Our classes go beyond that, evaluating where each student is on a concept, and helping them be successful as they learn the concepts.  We use questions to guide students through the learning process, and to help them understand and correct mistakes they are making in the math processes.

Classes for our special needs students are formatted as a cooperative environment where students see how other kids process the information and discuss how we think through games and questions. Our teachers create a safe place to discuss and think through the information.

The end result is that our students are able to see how they learn best and to apply that to other areas of their academic lives.

Check out our Catalog if you were looking for online private tutoring, for other courses or Academic Advising.


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