Note: This class was formerly called High School Writing Projects.

Turn interest-led writing into academic presentations! #

  • Do you wish your high school student could explore interest-led writing and develop research-based writing skills at the same time?
  • Have you longed for stress-free ways to help your teen build writing skills without the pressure of essay formats?
  • Do you wonder how to plug into your teen's love of technology in a way that leads to writing growth?

Welcome to Audiovisual Presentations, Brave Writer’s 4-week class for high school students. Creating informative and engaging presentations is not only an indispensable skill for today’s students and employees, it's also a sneaky way to spark interest in research and organization using fun technological tools instead of traditional essay formats.

In Audiovisual Presentations, students will choose their subject, learn the techniques involved in crafting a compelling presentation, write a script and create an accompanying presentation with graphics. Access to fellow peers’ work will encourage interaction, support, and growth in critical thinking, revision, and editing skills.

From the initial stage of selecting the topic to stepping through research and revision, Lucy Olson, your Audiovisual Presentations instructor, offers warm, supportive, capable feedback that walks your student through the entire process.

Writing Projects Formats #

Students will choose one of the following common presentation software options:

• PowerPoint (Microsoft, most common platform, linear, easy)

• Keynote Presentation (Apple, more creative)

• Prezi Presentation (Visually engaging, non-linear, often used in Ted Talks)

All projects will have a word count in the range of 750-900 words.

Benefits #

Personal Accomplishment: High school students will expand research skills and tap into academic knowledge to generate non-fiction writing that showcases their interests and abilities.

Focus on Design: Students will learn the basics of visual design and layout to create beautiful presentations that hold the audience's interest.

Appropriate Pace: Students will learn how to pace a writing project over a four-week period, meeting deadlines just like professional writers do.

Research Skills: Students will fine-tune research skills and learn how to properly document sources and create a bibliography.

Critical Thinking: Students will develop critical thinking and discriminatory skills: sorting through information (what is relevant, what is too much, what is not enough, what is specific enough, etc.), and finding appropriate details to support questions.

For more information about how the classes are run, please read about online classes.

To explore our Brave Writer classroom, click here to access a sample class.

Class Structure Description #

Brave Writer online classes are specially designed with the busy homeschooling parent in mind. Classes last anywhere from four to six weeks. We offer courses that address a specific writing need so that you can take the ones that suit your family throughout the school year. Short class sessions enable you to work around family vacations, out-of-town swim meets, recovering from wisdom teeth removal, and visits from grandparents. We operate on the quarter system, including a summer session. Our most popular classes repeat each quarter, while others are seasonal.

Our classes meet in a customized online classroom, designed specifically to meet the needs of Brave Writer. Only registered students and the instructor have access to the classroom to ensure your privacy. Assignments and reading materials are posted by Brave Writer instructors each week (no additional supply fees necessary, unless otherwise indicated). Either you (homeschooling parent) or your child (homeschooling student) will visit the classroom daily at your convenience to read helpful information about the current topic or to find the writing assignment. We operate "asynchronously" (which means that the discussion is not live, but that posted information remains available to you in your time zone at your convenience). Instructors check the classroom throughout the day to answer questions and give feedback on writing.

Writing is done at home and then typed into the classroom, and shared with both the instructor and other classmates. You're not required to be online at any specific time of the day. We have students from all over the world participating in our classes so "live" discussion is impossible. Instead, the online classroom enables the instructor to post information and assignments when it is convenient to the instructor. Then, when it is convenient for you, you come to the classroom and read the latest postings.

Instructor feedback to student writing is offered for all participants to read. Writing questions are welcomed and encouraged! That's the point of class. We aim to give you immediate support as you face writing obstacles.

Brave Writer takes seriously the need for encouragement and emotional safety in writing. No student is ever at risk of being humiliated or mistreated. All online dialog is respectful and supportive of your child's process. This is the core of Brave Writer philosophy. You can read about Brave Writer values here.

What makes our program especially unique in the world of online education is that we value a corporate experience. Rather than teaching your child in a tutorial format, we prefer students to have the opportunity to both publish their work for an audience (other students) and also to have the chance to read other student writing. In no other setting is this possible. Schools-in-buildings rarely have students read each other's work. Homeschooled children are rarely in a classroom environment to begin with, so the opportunity to read peer-writing is nil.

Our classes provide an utterly unique experience in the world of writing instruction. Since most writers grow through emulation of good writing, it is a real advantage to Brave Writer kids to get the chance to read the writing of their fellow home-educated peers. They love it! They get to examine and internalize other ways of writing, analyzing and expressing ideas similar to their own. They have the chance to validate and cheer on their peers. And of course, the best part of all is that they receive the praise and affirmation of kids just like them.

Not only that, all instructor feedback is posted to the classroom for all students to read. That means your kids get the benefit of instructor comments on many papers, not just their own. We've noted that this style of instruction is especially effective and hope you'll agree!

To explore our Brave Writer classroom, click here to access a sample class.