The ALS Writing courses are comprehensive, completely integrated courses for grades 1-12. This program directs the students through the entire writing process from learning to write a complete sentence to expressing themselves creatively through essays or other forms of writing. The ALS Writing courses are designed to move students to the comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation levels of learning. Course features:
• Writing is presented as a collection of year-long courses
• All lessons in the twelve courses contain an integrated study guide, and essay or constructed response
• Lessons include a variety of essay types such as descriptive, persuasive, expository, and letter writing
• The content in these courses is designed to meet and exceed the requirements of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for the Standards of English Language Arts
• The Writing titles emphasize six aspects of writing, including ideas, organization, voice, word choice, fluency and conventions
• Students will learn varieties of writing formats that include personal narratives, journals, newspaper writing, and descriptive writing
• Upper grade level titles develop skills in generating ideas, composing essays, writing resumes, short reports, and research papers, and expressing opinions in preparation for standardized exit examinations and college entrance examinations
Writing I covers writing complete sentences, recognizing simple sentences, sentence types, writing about a main idea, looking for errors, writing about personal surroundings, telling a story from a character’s point of view, using descriptive words, and writing ideas and opinions. 30 lessons.
Writing II covers writing complete subjects, complete predicates, complete sentences, fragments, run-on sentences, the writing process, writing paragraphs, writing letters, journals, titles, story endings, details, sensory words, and figurative language. 34 lessons.
Writing III reviews subjects, predicates, fragments, run-on sentences, recognizing sentence types, the writing process from pre-writing to publishing, letters, journals, descriptions, newspaper stories, titles, story endings, details, book reports, sensory words, expository writing, comparison and contrast, literary conventions, and figurative writing. 34 lessons.
Writing IV reviews and guides students through the writing process, writing sentences, writing paragraphs, specialized writing assignments including narratives, journals, letters, descriptions, titles, story endings, and book reports. This title also covers sensory words, expository writing, imagery, and analogies. 38 lessons.
Writing V reviews the writing process, writing using a variety of writing strategies, sequencing ideas, writing complete sentences, identifying runon sentences and sentence fragments, formal and informal language in writing, writing analogies, using the library to access information, summarizing, writing sketches, ideas and opinions, essays, poetry, drama, and folk literature. 45 lessons.
Writing VI covers writing sentences and paragraphs, narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive paragraphs, analogies, newspaper stories, book reports, summarizing, writing story endings, using formal and informal language, and sketches. 45 lessons.
Writing VII includes the following topic areas: identifying the audience, writing of introductory and concluding sentences using a variety of techniques, organization skills, identifying sentence types and their punctuation, writing narrative and expository stories, summarizing skills, writing biographical sketches, essays, and creative writing. 45 lessons.
Writing VIII reviews the writing process from brainstorming to publishing, specialized writing assignments including journal writing, writing paragraphs, writing using formal and informal language, letter writing, analogies, summaries, and book reports. This course also provides hints on how to use a library to access information. 45 lessons.
Writing IX is a secondary level review of the writing process covering prewriting, identifying and narrowing a topic, drafting, editing, publishing, writing complete sentences, correct word choices, writing topic sentences, writing analogies, using the library, writing biographical sketches, ideas and opinions, writing essays, writing short stories, poetry, plays, and folk literature. 41 lessons.
Writing X covers journal, resume, and newspaper writing, review of the writing process, writing sentences and paragraphs, specialized writing projects including writing analogies, correspondence, learning logs, story endings, expository, descriptive, and persuasive essays, creative writing including poetic text, short stories, and scripts. 44 lessons.
Writing XI reviews the writing process, using strategy, sequence, drafting, proofreading, publishing, identifying and writing sentence types, writing paragraphs for various purposes, chronological and spatial importance, writing analogies, newspaper stories, sketches, essays, and summarizing. 46 lessons.
Writing XII covers selecting and narrowing a topic, identifying audience, writing introductions and conclusions, writing strategies, the writing process, journal writing, writing persuasive, descriptive, expository, and narrative paragraphs, writing story endings, summarizing, expressing ideas, opinions, writing short stories, poetry, drama, and folk literature. 46 lessons.