Course Registration No. ENG-106


Designed as part of U.S. Studies I.  This is the first semester of a two semester course plan studying U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons (2019, 2nd Edition).  Be sure your student internalizes the checklist before the end of this course. (If your student has already completed U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons or is studying World or European History, use Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons instead.)
       This course is a survey of written composition, teaching a broad variety of college preparatory writing formats, and easy-to-use, step-by-step stylistic and organizational techniques.  Written for Grades 4 through 10, it is very teachable!   The most important aspects of this program are (1) memorizing the per-assignment checklist (do oral quizzing--often) and (2) requiring the student to consistently use the techniques in that checklist for any and all written composition--forever!
       Composition, being one of the core independent learning skills, needs close attention by the teaching-parent: spend quality time here with your student.  Enjoy!



    A portion of every purchase made on Amazon after following the links here goes to help support St. Thomas Aquinas Academy's work. Thank you so very much for thinking of STAA when placing your book and general Amazon orders!


    U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons (2019, 2nd Edition) set: Teacher's Manual and Student Book

    • Author: Lori Verstegen
    • Publisher/Copyright: Locust Grove: Institute for Excellence in Writing, 2019. Print.
    • ISBN: 1623413265        978-1623413262
    • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

    This combination package includes the Teacher's Manual and Student Book, both spiral-bound. 30 lessons; appendices; front matter detailing how to access free PDF downloads to save to your computer and print as need within your family. Each student will need his own Student Book.

    Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons Teacher & Student Set

    • Author: Lori Verstegen
    • Publisher/Copyright: : Institute for Excellence in Writing, 2016. Spiral-bound.
    • ISBN: 162341248X        978-1623412487
    • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

    30 lessons. [Teacher/Student Combo]. Use "Medieval History-based Writing Lessons" if your advisor recommended the EUROPEAN STUDIES I, B TRACK plan.

    U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons (2019, 2nd Edition), Student Book

    • Author: Lori Verstegen
    • Publisher/Copyright: Locust Grove: Institute for Excellence in Writing, 2019. Print.
    • ISBN: 1623413249        978-1623413248
    • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

    Be sure the Student Book and Teacher's Manual are the same edition.

    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. Entire workbook completed over the course of eight semesters. 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.

    Writing Handbook

    • Author: Michael P. Kammer and Charles W. Mulligan
    • Publisher/Copyright: Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1953. Print.
    • ISBN:        
    • 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.

    Synonym Finder

    • Author: J. I. Rodale
    • Publisher/Copyright: New York: Warner Books Inc., 1986. Print.
    • ISBN: 0446370290        978-0446370295
    • Supplier: Retail or

    376 pages. This is our favorite desktop thesaurus but any large, collegiate level thesaurus will do.


    Course Registration No. ENG-107 COURSE OVERVIEW Designed as part of U.S. Studies II.  Semester 2 of a two semester c...
    COURSE OVERVIEW A one-semester course, worth five high school credits.  Designed as part of U.S. Studies I.  The firs...
    COURSE OVERVIEW 18-week course plan from U.S. Studies II, B Track: Artistic Pursuits; Artfully Teaching the Faith; T...
    Back to blog
    1 of 5

    Questions about all STAA has to offer?

    How can we help you on your homeschooling journey? Our advisors are available by appointment to discuss enrolling in the full St. Thomas Aquinas Academy academic program, to help you place your STAA Study Guide order, and to help find great Live Classes to support your high school students. Choose an appointment type below to arrange a free, no-obligation telephone call or reach out by opening the chat widget in the bottom left corner of the site. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

    St. Thomas Aquinas Academy ProgramSTAA Study GuidesLive Classes