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2023 Winter/Spring Live Online Class

  • 01/14 to 06/10  20 Classes Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm $615/term No classes on Apr. 1 and May 27.Location: Online1

    This course focuses on building writing skills and grammar systematically for students in Kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2. This level has a special focus on writing sentences.

    Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced Kindergarten students and on-level grade 1 & 2 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content!

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing.

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    An example guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What was the best thing that happened over winter vacation? 2. Who was there? 3. Where was it? 4. When did it happen? 5. What happened first? 6. What happened next? 7. What happened last? 8. Complete the sentence: It was the best because ___________.

    A child who follows these prompts easily learns the importance of answering the questions who, when, and where, as well as including a sequence of events and a closing that relates to the main idea. When they draft their paragraph on a new piece of paper, they have a complex and complete paragraph. 

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Writing 1B
    Daily Warm-Ups: Nonfiction & Fiction Writing Grade 1

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

  • 01/14 to 06/10  20 Classes Saturday 3:00pm-4:30pm $615/term No classes on Apr. 1 and May 27.Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 2 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    Here a the presentation video for the class:
    https://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/videos/presentations/Strength-Focused-Writing-122020.mp4

    This class will inspire your ideas and empower you with the tools to refine your writing and make it audience ready. Each 90-minute class will have three sections: ideas, revision skills, and conventions. You will be supported all the way with the best revision techniques from Education Northwest's 6 traits approach, and the best instruction in conventions from Sadlier's Grammar Workshop textbook series. You will feel encouraged and confident to take your favorite ideas to an audience.

    Level 2 focuses on writing well-developed paragraphs of several sentences that introduce the main idea and support the idea with well-chosen details.

    We will use the https://stonesoup.com/ website for inspiration, submit writing for publication, and if all goes as planned, we will do some publishing of our own. 

    We will strengthen our grammar part by using the "Editor in Chief Beginning 1", and the customized feedback from students' writings.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Writing 2B
    Editor in Chief Beginning 1

    Editor in Chief® Beginning 1

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

  • 01/14 to 06/10  20 Classes Saturday 11:00am-12:30pm $615/term No classes on Apr. 1 and May 27.Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 3 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    Here is a presentation video for the class:
    https://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/videos/presentations/Strength-Focused-Writing-122020.mp4

    Writing Level 3 focuses on writing three related paragraphs on one topic.

    We will be building writing skills and grammar systematically for students in grades 3 and 4. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade 3 students and on-level grade 4 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student is ready to develop multiple organizational structures, they will move on to Level 4.

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    For example, in Level 3, instead of asking a child to write about themselves, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What is something you like to do? Explain what you like about it or how you do it. 2. What are some important things to know about you? [Choose at least 3 details, such as name, age, family members, school, favorite things]  3. What experiences in your past have been important to you? 4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you? 6. Now write your paragraphs in a good order. 

    A child who follows these prompts learns to include explanations, make generalizations, and order paragraphs thoughtfully. They learn specific ending strategies, such as closing with feelings.  

    We will use the https://stonesoup.com/ website for inspiration, submit writing for publication, and if all goes as planned, we will do some publishing of our own. 

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Writing 3B
    Grammar Workshop for Grade 3 (Continued)

    Grammar Workshop, Tools for Writing image

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

  • 01/16 to 06/12  20 Classes Monday 5:00pm-6:30pm $615/term No classes on Mar 27, May 29.Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 4 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    Here is a presentation video for the class:
    https://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/videos/presentations/Strength-Focused-Writing-122020.mp4

    Level 4 focuses on creating coherent, complete writing that is well developed with an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.

    We will be building writing skills and vocabulary systematically for students in grades 4 and 5. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade-4 students and on-level grade 5 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student has achieved some facility with a variety of organizational structures, they will move on to Level 5. 

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    For example, in Level 4, instead of asking a child to write an essay introducing themselves, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What is something you like to do? Explain what you like about it or how you do it. 2. What are some important things to know about you? [Choose at least 3 details, such as name, age, family members, school, favorite things]  3. What experiences in your past have been important to you? 4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you? 6. Now write your paragraphs in a good order. 

    A student who follows these prompts learns to include explanations, make generalizations, and order paragraphs thoughtfully. They learn the strategy of closing with feelings.

    We will use the https://stonesoup.com/ website for inspiration, submit writing for publication, and if all goes as planned, we will do some publishing of our own. 

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 4B
    Grammar Workshop for Grade 4 (continued)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

  • 01/19 to 06/08  20 Classes Thursday 6:30pm-8:00pm $615/term No class on Mar 30.Location: Online1

    This level 5 class is a refined skill-based guided writing class that is taught in a different way and introduces research: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    We will be building writing skills and vocabulary systematically for students in grades 5 and 6. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade 5 students and on-level grade 6 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student is ready to write extensive papers and write in test-taking conditions they will move on to Level 6.

    Our "skill-based" program helps students focus on specific writing skills in each class, so they gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with scientific writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    For example, in Level 5, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What are three adjectives that describe you? Write two synonyms for each adjective, then circle the best descriptive word. 2. Give evidence (reasons or examples) to support each of the adjectives you chose. 3. What past experiences have contributed to making you who you are? 4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you? 

    A student who follows these prompts learns to use a thesaurus, provide support for general statements, describe cause and effect relationships, and make classifications and generalizations. 

    We will use the https://stonesoup.com/ website for inspiration, submit writing for publication, and if all goes as planned, we will do some publishing of our own. 

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 5B
    Grammar Workshop for Grade 5 (Continued)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

  • 01/13 to 06/09  20 Classes Friday 4:30pm-6:00pm $615/term No classes on Mar 31 and May 26.Location: Online9

    Level 5 introduces research.

    We will be building writing skills and vocabulary systematically for students in grades 5 and 6. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade 5 students and on-level grade 6 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student is ready to write extensive papers and write in test-taking conditions they will move on to Level 6.

    Our "skill-based" program helps students focus on specific writing skills in each class, so they gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    For example, in Level 5, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What are three adjectives that describe you? Write two synonyms for each adjective, then circle the best descriptive word. 2. Give evidence (reasons or examples) to support each of the adjectives you chose. 3. What past experiences have contributed to making you who you are? 4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you? 

    A student who follows these prompts learns to use a thesaurus, provide support for general statements, describe cause and effect relationships, and make classifications and generalizations. 

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Writing 5B
    Grammar Workshop for Grade 5 (Continued)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Shawna Secor

  • 01/13 to 06/09  20 Classes Friday 4:30pm-6:00pm $615/term No classes on Mar 31 and May 26.Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 6/7 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    Level 6/7 prepares students for middle school success. The small class size makes it possible to focus on students' particular needs, including essay writing and writing under testing conditions. Students learn skills such as topic testing, effective searches, and source evaluation. 

    Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade-6 students and on-level grade 7 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! 

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    We will use the https://stonesoup.com/ website for inspiration, submit writing for publication, and if all goes as planned, we will do some publishing of our own. 

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 6/7B
    Grammar for Middle School
    Grammar for Writing 7 (Continued)

      Grammar for Middle School: A Sentence-Composing Approach--A Student Worktext

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

  • 01/14 to 06/10  20 Classes Saturday 4:30pm-6:00pm $615/term No classes on April 1 and May 27.Location: Online5

    Level 6/7 prepares students for middle school success. The small class size makes it possible to focus on students' particular needs, including essay writing and writing under testing conditions. Students learn skills such as topic testing, effective searches, and source evaluation. 

    Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade-6 students and on-level grade 7 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! 

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Writing 6/7B
    Grammar for Middle School
    Grammar for Writing 7 (Continued)

      Grammar for Middle School: A Sentence-Composing Approach--A Student Worktext

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Shawna Secor

  • 01/18 to 06/07  20 Classes Wednesday 5:00pm-6:30pm $615/term No class on Mar 29.Location: Online6

    Level 7/8 supports students for academic success. The small class size makes it possible to focus on students' particular needs, including essay writing and writing under testing conditions. Students are encouraged to bring in real obstacles they are encountering in writing. Working together, we can overcome them.  

    Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade-7 students and on-level grade 8 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! 

    Our "skill-based" program helps students focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier or Editor In Chief program from the Creative Thinking Co. along the year. The books for the class will be posted to the class page before the term starts.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Writing 7/8B
    Grammar for Writing 8 (Continued)
    The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need

        The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Julie Hlad

  • 01/14 to 06/10  20 Classes Saturday 9:00am-10:30am $615/term No classes on Apr. 1 and May 27.Location: Online6

    This course is the step towards mastering the essay. You will be guided through the writing process, learning the essential components of the American high school standard writing and formatting college essays. Topics include various types of essays, structuring, and the development of paragraphs, topic sentences, thesis statements, supporting examples, grammar for academic writing, and vocabulary choices.

    By the end of this course, if you pay close attention and work hard enough, you will be able to write a short essay that has a clear and supported thesis, is logically organized, and follows the correct standards in mechanics, vocabulary usage, grammar structure, and spelling of American English.

    Each Essay Level and Grammar has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content!

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Essay 1B:
    1. Grammar for Writing E (Grade 10) 
    2. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation (Continued)

    We may also use the following textbooks as a reference in class:
    1. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide by Laurie G. Kirszner (Author), Stephen R. Mandell (Author)
    2. Developmental Exercises for A Writer's Reference by Diana Hacker (Author), Wanda Van Goor (Author)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also borrow a hard copy of the textbooks from Sunshine whenever it's still available. You may buy the Grammar for Writing E book at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Julie Hlad

  • 01/13 to 06/09  20 Classes Friday 5:00pm-6:30pm $615/term No classes on Mar 31 and May 26.Location: Online6

    This course offers a critical-creative reading and annotating path to good composing practices at upper secondary and tertiary stages of learning. It aims to support your development of rhetorical strategies, literary analysis and critical composing practices.

    You will learn varying kinds of critical thinking needed to make choices – choices of creative purpose and the diction, detail, imagery, and syntax to fulfill it. You will learn the questions to ask to develop a research question and a tenable thesis statement. You will be given sources to support your learning to summarize, quote, cite and reference properly.  You will read different types of critical essays that offer various types of claims and well-supported arguments, all to support your understanding of how you may shape your essay.  You will increase your vocabulary, understanding of logical, ethical and emotional fallacies to avoid and boost confidence in your capacity for writing various types of essays and critical tasks.

    Though the focus of the class will be on composing various types of essays required by AP and IB Diploma Programs, several of those types pertain to SAT essay writing, such as the AP rhetorical analysis essay and IB literary commentary. Preparation for those, including annotating text and various pre-writing approaches can support SAT test takers to prepare for writing and essay well.

    Each Essay Level and Grammar has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content!

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Essay 2B:
    1. Erica Meltzer: How to Write for Class
    2. Grammar & Writing for Standard Tests

    We may also use the following textbooks as a reference in class:
    1. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide by Laurie G. Kirszner (Author)
    2. From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A text and reader fourth edition by Stuart Greene
    3.Various SAT Grammar practices

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also borrow a hard copy of the textbooks from Sunshine whenever it's still available.

    Instructor: Julie Hlad

  • 01/13 to 06/09  20 Classes Friday 4:00pm-5:30pm $615/term No classes on Mar 31 and May 26.Location: Online11

    This class will not merely focus on strengthening creative writing skills but it will also provide guidance about where students can submit their work for contests and publications. I’ve had students submit and win many contests and many have had professional publication credits before graduating from high school including Scholastic Awards, Willamette Writer Awards, NY Times Essay Contests, Letters About Literature, best-selling anthologies, and many more.

    This class will also discuss how to write the college application Essay - writing your own stories to show your dream college who you are!

    Instructor: Debby Dodds

  • 01/14 to 06/10  20 Classes Saturday 4:00pm-5:30pm $615/term No classes on Apr. 1 and May 27.Location: Online15

    MS Creative Writing: Focusing on Submissions for Publication and Contests

    Debby Dodds

    As a creative writing teacher for twenty-five years and an award-winning published author, as well as an SAT/ACT/GRE coach and college admissions specialist, I’ve long been aware of how much professionals at the most competitive colleges value incoming students that are not merely proficient in STEM skills, but who can also write and communicate clearly. Moreover, right-brained, creative thinking also commands great appreciation.

    With almost every college going test-optional for this year and beyond, it is imperative to have a strong resume, essay, and portfolio when applying. Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and many other colleges have spokespeople who have asserted that 2021 will be a much different process and admissions will focus on other criteria than test scores and GPA. Students will need any and every extracurricular activity they can to show they’ve used this time productively as so many activities have been canceled, standardized tests have been suspended, and many schools will not provide GPAs.

    To this end, this class will not merely focus on strengthening creative writing skills but it will also provide guidance about where students can submit their work for contests and publications. I’ve had students submit and win many contests and many have had professional publication credits before graduating from high school including Scholastic Awards, Willamette Writer Awards, NY Times Essay Contests, Letters About Literature, best-selling anthologies, and many more.

    Instructor: Debby Dodds


2022 Fall Live Online Class

  • 09/24 to 12/10  12 Classes Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 25Location: Online1

    This course focuses on building writing skills and grammar systematically for students in Kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2. This level has a special focus on writing sentences.

    Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced Kindergarten students and on-level grade 1 & 2 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content!

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing.

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    An example guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What was the best thing that happened over winter vacation? 2. Who was there? 3. Where was it? 4. When did it happen? 5. What happened first? 6. What happened next? 7. What happened last? 8. Complete the sentence: It was the best because ___________.

    A child who follows these prompts easily learns the importance of answering the questions who, when, and where, as well as including a sequence of events and a closing that relates to the main idea. When they draft their paragraph on a new piece of paper, they have a complex and complete paragraph. 

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Writing 1A
    Let's Get This Day Started Writing and Language Skills 2 by Teacher Created Resources

    Paperback Let's Get This Day Started: Writing and Language Skills (Gr. 2) Book

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 26Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 2 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    it will inspire your ideas and empower you with the tools to refine your writing and make it audience ready. Each 90-minute class will have three sections: ideas, revision skills, and conventions. You will be supported all the way with the best revision techniques from Education Northwest's 6 traits approach, and the best instruction in conventions from Sadlier's Grammar Workshop textbook series. You will feel encouraged and confident to take your favorite ideas to an audience.

    Level 2 focuses on writing well-developed paragraphs of several sentences that introduce the main idea and support the idea with well-chosen details.

    We will be building writing skills and grammar systematically for students in grades 1 and 2. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade 1 students and on-level grade 2 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student is ready to happily and confidently write multiple, related paragraphs, they will move on to Level 3.

    We will use the https://stonesoup.com/ website for inspiration, submit writing for publication, and if all goes as planned, we will do some publishing of our own. 

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 1 & 2
    Let's Get This Day Started Writing and Language Skills 1 by Teacher Created Resources
    Let's Get This Day Started Writing and Language Skills 2 by Teacher Created Resources
    Paperback Let's Get This Day Started: Writing and Language Skills (Gr. 2) Book

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

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    09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 11:00am-12:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 26Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 3 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    Writing Level 3 focuses on writing three related paragraphs on one topic.

    We will be building writing skills and grammar systematically for students in grades 3 and 4. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade 3 students and on-level grade 4 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student is ready to develop multiple organizational structures, they will move on to Level 4.

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    For example, in Level 3, instead of asking a child to write about themselves, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What is something you like to do? Explain what you like about it or how you do it. 2. What are some important things to know about you? [Choose at least 3 details, such as name, age, family members, school, favorite things]  3. What experiences in your past have been important to you? 4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you? 6. Now write your paragraphs in good order. 

    A child who follows these prompts learns to include explanations, make generalizations, and order paragraphs thoughtfully. They learn specific ending strategies, such as closing with feelings.  

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 3A
    Grammar Workshop for Grade 3 (full year curriculum)

    Grammar Workshop, Tools for Writing image

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

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    09/26 to 12/12  12 Classes Monday 5:00pm-6:30pm $375/term Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 4 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    Level 4 focuses on creating coherent, complete writing that is well developed with an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.

    We will be building writing skills and vocabulary systematically for students in grades 4 and 5. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade-4 students and on-level grade 5 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student has achieved some facility with a variety of organizational structures, they will move on to Level 5. 

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    For example, in Level 4, instead of asking a child to write an essay introducing themselves, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What is something you like to do? Explain what you like about it or how you do it. 2. What are some important things to know about you? [Choose at least 3 details, such as name, age, family members, school, favorite things]  3. What experiences in your past have been important to you? 4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you? 6. Now write your paragraphs in good order. 

    A student who follows these prompts learns to include explanations, make generalizations, and order paragraphs thoughtfully. They learn the strategy of closing with feelings.

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 4A
    Grammar Workshop for Grade 4 (full year curriculum)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

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    09/22 to 12/15  12 Classes Thursday 6:30pm-8:00pm $375/term No class on Nov. 24Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 5 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    Level 5 introduces research.

    We will be building writing skills and vocabulary systematically for students in grades 5 and 6. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade 5 students and on-level grade 6 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student is ready to write extensive papers and write in test-taking conditions they will move on to Level 6.

    Our "skill-based" program helps students focus on specific writing skills in each class, so they gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    For example, in Level 5, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What are three adjectives that describe you? Write two synonyms for each adjective, then circle the best descriptive word. 2. Give evidence (reasons or examples) to support each of the adjectives you chose. 3. What past experiences have contributed to making you who you are? 4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you? 

    A student who follows these prompts learns to use a thesaurus, provide support for general statements, describe cause and effect relationships, and make classifications and generalizations. 

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 5A
    Grammar Workshop for Grade 5 (full year curriculum)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

  • 09/23 to 12/16  12 Classes Friday 5:00pm-6:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 25Location: Online9

    Level 5 introduces research.

    We will be building writing skills and vocabulary systematically for students in grades 5 and 6. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade 5 students and on-level grade 6 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student is ready to write extensive papers and write in test-taking conditions they will move on to Level 6.

    Our "skill-based" program helps students focus on specific writing skills in each class, so they gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    For example, in Level 5, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What are three adjectives that describe you? Write two synonyms for each adjective, then circle the best descriptive word. 2. Give evidence (reasons or examples) to support each of the adjectives you chose. 3. What past experiences have contributed to making you who you are? 4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you? 

    A student who follows these prompts learns to use a thesaurus, provide support for general statements, describe cause and effect relationships, and make classifications and generalizations. 

    We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Writing 5A
    Grammar Workshop for Grade 5 (full year curriculum)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Will Ferguson

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    09/23 to 12/16  12 Classes Friday 4:30pm-6:00pm $375/term No class on Nov. 25Location: Online1

    This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 6/7 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.

    Level 6/7 prepares students for middle school success. The small class size makes it possible to focus on students' particular needs, including essay writing and writing under testing conditions. Students learn skills such as topic testing, effective searches, and source evaluation. 

    Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade-6 students and on-level grade 7 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! 

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 6/7A
    Grammar for Writing 6 (full year curriculum)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Jennifer Rose

  • 09/26 to 12/12  12 Classes Monday 5:00pm-6:30pm $375/term Location: Online6

    Level 6/7 prepares students for middle school success. The small class size makes it possible to focus on students' particular needs, including essay writing and writing under testing conditions. Students learn skills such as topic testing, effective searches, and source evaluation. 

    Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade-6 students and on-level grade 7 students. Each of our levels has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! 

    Our "skill-based" program helps children focus on specific writing skills in each class, so students gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing. 

    Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Writing 6/7A
    Grammar for Writing 6 (full year curriculum)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also buy the textbooks at the group discount price on Sunshine's website via this link:   
    http://www.sunshineeliteeducation.com/course.php?term=39

    Instructor: Julie Hlad

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 9:00am-10:30am $375/term No class on Nov. 26Location: Online6

    This course is the step towards mastering the essay. You will be guided through the writing process, learning the essential components of the American high school and college essay. Topics include the various types of essays, the structure, and the development of paragraphs, topic sentences, thesis statements, supporting examples, grammar for academic writing, and vocabulary choices.

    By the end of this course, if you pay close attention and work hard enough, you will be able to write a short essay that has a clear and supported thesis, is logically organized, and follows the correct standards in mechanics, usage, grammar, and spelling of American English.

    Each Essay Level and Grammar has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content!

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Essay 1A:
    1. Grammar for High School: A Sentence-Composing Approach
    2. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes

    We may also use the following textbooks as a reference in class:
    1. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide by Laurie G. Kirszner (Author), Stephen R. Mandell (Author)
    2. Developmental Exercises for A Writer's Reference by Diana Hacker (Author), Wanda Van Goor (Author)

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also borrow a hard copy of the textbooks from Sunshine whenever it's still available.

    Instructor: Julie Hlad

  • 09/23 to 12/16  12 Classes Friday 5:00pm-6:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 25Location: Online6

    This course offers a critical-creative reading and annotating path to good composing practices at upper secondary and tertiary stages of learning. It aims to support your development of rhetorical strategies, literary analysis and critical composing practices.

    You will learn the kinds of critical thinking needed to make choices – choices of creative purpose and the diction, detail, imagery, and syntax to fulfill it. You will learn the questions to ask to develop a research question and a tenable thesis statement. You will be given sources to support your learning to summarize, quote, cite and reference properly.  You will read different types of critical essays that offer various types of claims and well-supported arguments, all to support your understanding of how you may shape your essay.  You will increase your vocabulary, understanding of logical, ethical and emotional fallacies to avoid and your confidence in your capacity to essay various types of critical tasks.

    Though the focus of the class will be on composing various types of essays required by AP and IB Diploma Programs, several of those types pertain to SAT essay writing, such as the AP rhetorical analysis essay and IB literary commentary. Preparation for those, including annotating text and various pre-writing approaches can support SAT test takers to prepare for writing and essay well.

    Each Essay Level and Grammar has two years worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content!

    Student Grammar/Workbooks for Essay 2A:
    1. Elements of Style & Workbook
    2. From Inquiry to Academic WritingA text and reader fourth edition by Stuart Greene

    We may also use the following textbooks as a reference in class:
    1. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide by Laurie G. Kirszner (Author)
    2. Various SAT Grammar practices

    Books in PDF will be uploaded to the students' class page before the term starts. You may also borrow a hard copy of the textbooks from Sunshine whenever it's still available.

    Instructor: Julie Hlad

  • 09/24 to 12/17  12 Classes Saturday 4:00pm-5:30pm $375/term No class on Nov. 26Location: Online15

    MS Creative Writing: Focusing on Submissions for Publication and Contests

    Debby Dodds

    As a creative writing teacher for twenty-five years and an award-winning published author, as well as an SAT/ACT/GRE coach and college admissions specialist, I’ve long been aware of how much professionals at the most competitive colleges value incoming students that are not merely proficient in STEM skills, but who can also write and communicate clearly. Moreover, right-brained, creative thinking also commands great appreciation.

    With almost every college going test-optional for this year and beyond, it is imperative to have a strong resume, essay, and portfolio when applying. Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and many other colleges have spokespeople who have asserted that 2021 will be a much different process and admissions will focus on other criteria than test scores and GPA. Students will need any and every extracurricular activity they can to show they’ve used this time productively as so many activities have been canceled, standardized tests have been suspended, and many schools will not provide GPAs.

    To this end, this class will not merely focus on strengthening creative writing skills but it will also provide guidance about where students can submit their work for contests and publications. I’ve had students submit and win many contests and many have had professional publication credits before graduating from high school including Scholastic Awards, Willamette Writer Awards, NY Times Essay Contests, Letters About Literature, best-selling anthologies, and many more.

    Instructor: Debby Dodds


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