Expressive Writing

The Expressive Writing Course focuses on the writing and the editing of basic sentences, paragraphs, and stories.

Instruction includes Mechanics of Writing, Sentence Writing, Paragraph and Story Writing, and Editing.

Why Do So Many Students Have Difficulty Writing?

Teachers understand that teaching reading to beginners involves a careful sequence of steps.

No teacher would expect the beginning reader to tackle Year Six material because this material requires too many reading skills.

Strangely, teachers often fail to recognize that expressive writing is like reading. Writing involves a series of skills and implies a sequence of activities, starting with those that are basic to all expressive writing.

Our Expressive Writing tuition provides students with instruction and practice in the basic writing skills they need to succeed in school.

What is good writing?

  • Good writing is clear.
  • Good writing expresses exactly what the writer wishes to express.
  • Good writing is efficient, not saying the same thing over and over.
  • Good writing follows basic rules of grammar and rules of modern-writing style.

The work seems relatively easy to the students because they succeed.

Writing Tuition in Hamilton

What Do Students Learn?

Expressive Writing is organized so that all the skills a student needs to do a writing assignment are taught. New information is introduced in manageable chunks, and adequate practice is provided for students to master each subskill.

Expressive Writing 1 (55 lessons) focuses on these basic skills:

  • translating observations into sentences;
  • writing paragraphs that stay on topic;
  • editing the works of others and the writer's own work.
  • editing for clarity, punctuation, paragraphs and sentence types.

Expressive Writing 2 (50 lessons) focuses on these skills:

  • writing clearly (using clear pronouns and including details necessary for clarity)
  • writing with a variety of sentences (sentences that begin with a dependent clause, sentences that contain a series and some compound sentences.
  • writing what people say and appropriately paragraphing their conversations;
  • editing for clarity, punctuation, paragraphs and sentence types.

A typical lesson consists of a small amount of new material and practice exercises that require students to apply much of the previously taught content.

Expressive Writing is organized so that new content is introduced through a four-step procedure:

  • Students first learn a particular skill over a period of three to five consecutive lessons, practicing that skill in verbal and workbook exercises.
  • Students edit printed passages in their workbook that contain errors involving the newly taught skill.
  • Students complete writing assignments that integrate the newly taught skill with earlier taught skills.
  • Students edit their own writing for use of the newly taught skill as well as other skills introduced earlier in the program.

Tuition Details

Before starting, your child will take the Placement Test. Results will show in which level (1 or 2) to place your child. Some children may be accelerated through the program, skipping some lessons.

Your child can work with the teacher in a one-to-one learning situation, or within a small group.

Drop your child off before school for a great start to the day. Have your child come here again after school and pick him or her up after work. Our address is 18 Thornton Place in Melville, Hamilton.

Douglas will be happy to talk to you if you live in Hamilton, New Zealand, and desire more information. Simply make a phonecall to:

07 843-9802

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