Our Writing Program

Student writers have found the opportunity for success at Sound Learning! Extremely capable writers are challenged and struggling writer improve while enrolled in the Following Narnia series and subsequent Sound Learning English courses. Students are guided by teachers with 25+ years of teaching experience and continuing education in writing instruction. In 2016, our English teachers began working on certification with IEW and we began incorporating IEW Structure and Style methods into our classes.Lit Sequence C

Parents must attend at least one Sound Learning composition course orientation and be available to work weekly as a parent-editor with their student.

Composition 1 – Following Narnia Vol 1 (Grades 6-7)
This is an entry level class for all 6th-7th grade students
entering the program
. Writing instruction and exercises will be presented through lectures, lessons, and interactive activities. Students will write paragraphs and essays based on the first three novels in the Chronicles of Narnia series.

 Composition 2 – Following Narnia Vol 2 (Grades 8-12) This is an entry level class for all 8th-12th grade students entering the program. Students will write paragraphs and essays based on the last four novels in the Chronicles of Narnia series.  

 Literature and Composition (Grades 8-9) Students will study genres of literature including historical fiction, science fiction, and adventure.  They will be asked to analyze literature and practice personal connections, interpretations, and responses to literature which show higher order understanding of the text.
Prerequisite – Successful completion of Composition 1 or 2 or equivalent. Instructor permission is required.

Introduction to American and World Lit (Grades 9-10) Students will receive an introduction to American Literature and World Literature through in-depth study of two major works of literature and one novel of their choice.
Prerequisite – Successful completion of Composition 1 or 2 or equivalent. Literature and Composition is recommended. Instructor permission is required.

 Composition 3 (Grades 10-11) This course introduces high school and pre-college students to advanced academic writing techniques, including a variety of note-taking and summarizing methods that provide a foundation for beginning rhetorical analysis and response essay writing.
Prerequisite: Successful completion (80% or above) of Literature and Composition, or equivalent, and instructor permission.

Advanced Literature/Composition 4 (Grade 11 and above)
Students will be introduced to Homer’s epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey, by Wesley Callihan in this DVD-based course.
Prerequisite – Successful completion of Composition 3. Instructor permission is required.