Writing: Expository Writing for Teens




LIVE Course for Teens, Ages 12-17

Writing is an essential skill that must be cultivated respectively. Unlike speaking, writing gets complicated from the get go when a child is faced to put an idea into words and then the words onto paper. While it sounds uncomplicated, young writers need time and practice to become fluent in writing and how to construct writing.

In this class we’ll cover building skills in organization, sentence structures, narrative summaries, chronological narratives and descritpions. Plus one- and two- level outlining, thesaurus use and documentation.

Students will learn how to write with skill by using imitation and analysis of great writers of the classics including composition exercises in history, science, biography and literature.

Time in class will be spent on lessons, reviewing work, sharing writings with students required to participate actively. Students will be required to write each day between class, submitting outlines, summaries and narratives weekly.

Once a week meetings in small class size, I will be available to students outside of class time for questions and guidance via email and phone.

Weekly writing assignments review and feedback.


Course Objectives:

  • Sentence structures
  • Narrative Summaries
  • One-Level and Two-Level Outlining
  • Thesaurus Basics
  • Chronological Naratives of a Past Event
  • Chronological Narratives of a Scientific Discovery
  • Descriptions
  • Learn how to receive and want constructive feedback to make your writing better


Why Should You Take This Course:

  • Acquire the skill of writing essential for short and long-term success into your current homeschool, life learning, relationships, work, college and beyond
  • Learn to write better, communicate and express your message to others more clearly
  • If your reluctant to write, just getting started or even want to improve your writing skills while receiving group and mentor support

Note: I’m is providing this opportunity in a small environment incorporating group learning and self-education practices in a mentor style that nurtures your child to writing successfully. This is not a classroom-led approach but each student will be expected to complete and turn in assignments. I’ll always meet your child where they stand and nurture them to grow in knowledge, skill and confidence.


Classes Meet at my home in East Plano, on Mondays, 3:00-4:15p,

February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16. 

Text and Materials:

Course of Study (provided)

Writing Text (provided)

Spiral or Journal, pen/pencil

Laptops welcome, if you prefer


Fee for Expository Writing 1 Course:

$100, add $25 text; $125

Upon payment for class your seat will be reserved and additional details will be provided.

This class is limited to 10 students.


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Two-Payment Option, $62.50 upon registration and $62.50 in 30 days



donna-vail-cropIMG_5652From the Desk of Donna Vail:

This course is not accredited. It is, however structured to identify where the children are in their writing and build from there, eliminating any resistance and discovering an appreciation for writing. The objective of this course is to advance the young writer to the next steps in high school writing and fulfill the writing portion of English I and English II. This is preparation for essay writing, putting the student on track for college dual credit English courses. We will continue to  level up in writing delivering the students to do dual credit English courses if that is their path.

This writing class is especially designed with the busy homeschool parent and active homeschool student in mind. Many programs used at home can be cumbersome to use, demand a lot of time and challenge the parent to be an expert motivator even when children are uninspired. Writing precisely and consistently is a learned skill, but where there’s reluctance or relational struggles, no skill can be built so often parents find themselves pushing against a wall and frustrated.

I have worked with teen writing groups for the past three years now and have seen children, as old as 16, who were resistant to writing. Once I took them through the process they discovered how enjoyable writing can be. Self-confidence was their reward. Additionally, they realized how becoming proficient at writing was also a form of self-expression and looked forward to sharing their writing with others.

The primary element in my approach is that I meet each student where they stand, no matter their age or skill level and build from there. With nurturing and supportive guidance I have many students who have propelled themselves forward once their blocks and fears were eliminated.

Good writing skills take time to develop and should never be put off, especially if the child plans to attend college. Ages 12-17 are vital writing development years building self-confidence and communication skills, empowering learning in everything they do.

I look forward to working with you and your children. If you have questions, please email me directly,  donna@donnavailinternational.com.

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