Turn interest-led writing into engaging presentations! #

Are you seeking

  • an accessible way for your student to process today’s news?
  • a place where your students can unleash their passion for social justice issues, environmental concerns, and other current events on a writing project?
  • stress-free ways to help your teen prepare projects for the homeschool portfolio?
  • more practice with engaging and flexible writing formats before concentrating on essay writing?

Welcome to High School Writing: Current Events! Students will select their subject and format and explore their own thinking and others’ perspectives on the hot topics of the day. They'll then create a visual presentation to share what they've learned.

Creating informative and engaging presentations is an indispensable skill for today’s students and employees, and your teen will choose from a variety of options here.

From the initial stage of selecting the topic to formulating an interesting question and stepping through research and revision, our instructor offers warm, supportive, capable feedback that walks your student through the entire process.

This class is designed for high school students with an interest in current events who would like to explore engaging writing formats. Some previous experience with research is recommended though not required (Take our Essay Prep: Research and Citation class to gain a firm foundation in how to do research).

Writing Project Formats

Students will choose from a variety of visually-oriented writing projects. They will write scripts and create

  • narrated slideshows with programs such as PowerPoint, Keynote, and Prezi
  • animated or filmed videos using YouTube, Pixton, Raw Shorts or other video creation software

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 their own thinking as they generate nonfiction writing that showcases their interests and abilities.
  • Appropriate Pace: Students will learn how to pace a writing project over a four-week period as the structure offers gentle accountability.
  • Community Support: Students will connect with fellow peers in Brave Writer’s custom-designed online classroom that facilitates interaction, camaraderie, and support.
  • Research Skills: Students will fine-tune research skills and learn how to properly document sources.
  • 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), 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.