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PowerHouse Writing (Grades 4-8)

Thorough. Simple. Engaging.

Thorough.

Students will:

  • Employ more effective communication skills using powerful grammar and syntax.
  • Create vivid word pictures with figurative language.
  • “Manipulate” the reader using five-senses words.
  • Author highly descriptive paragraphs using a writing technique taught by Mark Twain.
  • Transfer information from their head to the paper by organizing their thinking.
  • Memorize a simple, numeric formula for crafting informative paragraphs and essays.
  • Compose a four-paragraph essay on a subject in which they are the expert.
  • Compose a five-paragraph academic essay that includes a bibliography.

Simple.

Students will:

  • Think without thinking they’re thinking!
  • Receive straightforward, direct instruction in a simple setting.
  • Copy words for ease of spelling and maintaining momentum.
  • Create color-coded index cards to master syntax and parts of speech.
  • Master one concept before moving on to the next.
  • Move from single words to phrases to sentences to paragraphs to essays.
  • Implement an easy formula to produce well-organized essays.
  • Visualize the organization of a basic essay with a graphic organizer.

Engaging.

Students will:

  • Be inspired by worms and watch the instructor dare to eat one.
  • Create hysterical sentences from powerful parts of speech.
  • Watch balloons being popped and then have an opportunity to make their own noise.
  • Advertise a product with highly motivating language.
  • Describe a volatile scene from the old west.
  • Become a “world-famous novelist.”
  • Compare a junk drawer to their thoughts and learn how to organize both.
  • Craft a creative and well-structured paragraph that explains what zany activities they would do with $100.
  • Observe how to use PVC pipe as a fun way to read their essays back to themselves.

Your Instructor


Lisa Dettinger
Lisa Dettinger

Lisa resides in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She and her husband have three children: two homeschool graduates (both in college) and one high-schooler. Lisa has a degree in education that spans PK-12, and has taught professionally in California and Wisconsin at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels. She has been teaching writing classes since 2010, and her own writing has been published for university classes, teaching journals and virtual charter schools. Lisa has presented various seminars and workshops for children, teachers, and parents in public schools, private schools, university-model schools, churches, and homeschool support groups. The name of her business, “PowerHouse Educational Resources,” reflects her desire for “God’s Power in Our Home.”


Course Curriculum


  First Section
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  Grammar Power
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  More Grammar Power
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  Figurative Language
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  Manipulating the Reader
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  Organize Your Thoughts
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  Power Paragraphs
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  Details, Details
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  The Motherload
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do I need to buy a workbook?
It's up to you! A digital version is included with the course for free, or you can buy a hardcopy if you would prefer to use that!

Watch your student transform into an encouraged, organized, and equipped writer!

“We had fabulous success with the writing class! My son now wants to enter an essay contest... whereas a year ago that was punishment for him to hear about the idea of writing an essay!”

- Sarah S.

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