ESSAY WRITING (EWR-A)

COURSE OVERVIEW

Formal five-paragraph essay training; assignments are coordinated with Church History I, Roman History I, Roman Literature I, and Economics I.
18-week course plan for Jensen’s Format Writing: How to Write Easily and Well.  This is a single book that we break into three parts, each part completed in a semester.  This course, Part 2 of the three parts, is the study of the five-paragraph essay.  Part 1 taught the student to recognize the seven formal essay formats—example, classification, definition, process, analogy, cause & effect, and comparison—and to respond to an essay prompt in its own format.  The student was trained in the “general procedure for constructing a [format type] essay,” then in the steps of “working it through.”  This year the student will continue to practice and internalize those two sets of steps, and then add the “seven sentence outline.”  The student needs to internalize the “seven sentence outline” structure this year.  “Check Sheets & Forms” (evaluation keys) are included in the back of the worktext.  Great Writing: A Reader for Writers is our recommended resource and reference for Jensen’s Format Writing.  It includes expanded discussion of the format types and samples of the types drawn from well-known authors and works. A variety of helpful worksheets for this program are included on the STAA Student Zone.

ORDERING INFORMATION

Basic information about the books and materials for this course follows; see your Academic Packet or STAA Study Guide for full ordering details and commentary about each resource.

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Semester 1: Roman Studies IA Study Guide

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, . Softcover coil-bound workbook.
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  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
Student study guides and course plans for the first semester of the Roman Studies, A Track cycle. Designed to work in conjunction with STAA advisor support, our live classes, or the "Independent Study with Online Support" option, the STAA Study Guides include weekly reading plans, assignment directions, reflection topics, and gradebooks for the semester and help prepare students for the weekly, graded online quizzes. This guide includes multiple subjects. To further personalize your student's plan, single-subject study guides are available at www.shop.staahomeschool.com.

Jensen's Format Writing

  • Author: Frode Jensen
  • Publisher/Copyright: Master Books, 2016. Print edition.
  • ISBN: 0890519927        978-0890519929
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource
160 pgs; seven parts; tests; answer key; teacher’s notes; evaluation forms; index. DVD lectures to expand upon student text are also available from Rainbow Resource, but are not required. We use this book for three semesters. The page numbers, not the content, changed between the 2006 and 2016 editions of "Format Writing." The 2006 edition page numbers are listed in the STAA Study Guide followed by brackets with the 2016 edition page numbers.

Great Writing: A Reader for Writers [ORDER USED]

  • Author: Harvey S Wiener and Nora Eisenberg
  • Publisher/Copyright: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1987. Print.
  • ISBN: 0070701679        978-0070701670
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com
Any edition will do; our course plans use the 1987 edition's page numbers. Follow the chapter names if you order another edition. Save money: get a used copy through Amazon Marketplace Sellers ($5-$14 plus shipping). This is a secular, college text.

Writing Handbook

  • Author: Michael P. Kammer and Charles W. Mulligan
  • Publisher/Copyright: Loyola University Press, 1953. Print.
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  • Supplier: Our Lady of Victory School
Hardcover, 592 pages. Originally published by Loyola University Press in 1953, and now by Lepanto Press, this is a reference manual to accompany the practice of grammar, punctuation, composition, and essay writing. Topics include parts of speech, syntax, punctuation, spelling rules, diagraming, sentences, paragraphs, expository writing, and much more. This is a decidedly Catholic text, with a delightful section dedicated to explaining the capitalization rules for religious terms such as the names of God, the Blessed Virgin, and papacy as well as religious, military, and social titles. St. Thomas Aquinas Academy looks to "Writing Handbook" as the in-house writing style handbook. "Warriner's English Grammar and Composition" by John Warriner or "A Writer's Reference with MLA Update" by Diana Hacker are also fine manuals for grammar and writing style. "Writing Handbook" is a non-consumable manual, one copy per household is sufficient. Order the Lepanto Press reprint from Our Lady of Victory School or look on Amazon for a used copy of any printing from 1953 to the last Loyola University Press printing which is, we believe, 1991.

DOWNLOAD: Essay Worksheets: Basic & Advanced

  • Publisher/Copyright: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, 2009. PDF files.
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  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone
Printable versions of the Essay Worksheets mentioned in the "High School Orientation" can be printed from the student course webpage.

Jensen’s Grammar (Textbook, Tests and Answers)

  • Author: Frode Jensen
  • Publisher/Copyright: Master Books, 2017. Print Workbook.
  • ISBN: 0890519935        978-0890519936
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource
352 pages; 75 lessons; worksheet format; 5 student charts. Entire workbook completed over the course of six semesters.

Jensen's Punctuation: A Complete Guide to All Your Punctuation Needs

  • Author: Frode Jensen
  • Publisher/Copyright: Master Books, 2016. Print Workbook.
  • ISBN: 1886061262        9781886061262
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource
234 pages; worksheets, spiral reviews and final exams; answer key included in text; Grades 6-12. The page numbers, not the content, changed between the 2000 and 2016 editions of "Jensen's Punctuation." The 2000 edition page numbers are listed in the STAA Study Guide followed by brackets with the 2016 edition page numbers.

General Punctuation Rules Reference (GPR)

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, 2022. PDF.
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  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone
Print and keep handy the "General Punctuation Rules Reference (GPR)." This reference is based on the punctuation rules from "Jensen's Punctuation" that we study and memorize throughout high school. This resource is available in the APPENDIX OF FORMS and is linked to at the top of every Language Arts course page on the STAA Student Zone.

Self-Instruction in Handwriting [or other formal, daily cursive penmanship practice]

  • Author: Zaner-Bloser
  • Publisher/Copyright: Zaner-Bloser, Inc., 1996. Print.
  • ISBN: 0880853794        978-0880853798
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource
112 pages. The book is consumable, but keep it in your school room every year of high school as the core reference book for the cursive penmanship practice associated with the Academy's English Mechanics courses.

STAA Student Zone

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
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  • ISBN: n/a        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone
There are online resources such as weekly reading quizzes, special downloads, advisor support through the Q & A forum, occasional slide shows or videos, and more for this course. To activate your student's online access, 1) submit the Course Registration form after your annual planning appointment, 2) register for the live class, or 3) register for the "Independent Study with Online Support Option." After completing one of the registration options, students (and teaching-parents) may use their usernames and passwords to sign into the member site. The STAA Student Zone is available each school year from August 1 to July 15.

OPTIONAL RESOURCE

Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition

  • ISBN: 0764571257        978-0764571251
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com
This is only one option; any full-size collegiate level dictionary is fine. It is a good idea to have an exhaustive desktop dictionary and a condensed, pocket-sized dictionary readily available.

OPTIONAL RESOURCE

Synonym Finder

  • Author: J. I. Rodale
  • Publisher/Copyright: Warner Books Inc., 1986. Print.
  • ISBN: 0446370290        978-0446370295
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com
376 pages. This is our favorite desktop thesaurus but any large, collegiate-level thesaurus will do.

OPTIONAL RESOURCE

MLA 9 Simplified: Easy Way Guide to MLA Handbook: Updated for the MLA 9th Edition Handbook (Student Citation Styles)

  • Author: Appearance Publishers
  • Publisher/Copyright: Independently published, 2021. .
  • ISBN:        979-8505819418
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com
98 pages. One of many MLA style guides. Our course plans reference the free online resource from Purdue -- the Online Writing Lab (OWL) website -- but students are welcome to use this simplified handbook or another instead of visiting the OWL website.

OPTIONAL RESOURCE

Fall Live Class: Essay Writing A

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
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  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
Small-group, advisor-led live online class for students in Grades 9 through 12 that meets every academic week of the first semester. Advisor grading of writing assignments and English Mechanics exercises included for all students for students registered for this live class.



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