PowerHouse Writing Grades 4-8

Simple. Thorough. Engaging.

PowerHouse Writing - Grades 4-8

It's your "one-and-done" writing curriculum.

Most writing programs elicit dread and drudgery and many students would rather poke their eyeballs out with sticks than write!

Welcome to something different.


Your Instructor

Lisa Dettinger
Lisa Dettinger

Lisa resides in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin with her husband Travis. Married since 1993, they have three adult children who have all graduated from "Dettinger Academy" and are now blazing their own beautiful paths in life. 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. After teaching writing classes to about a thousand students locally for eight years, Lisa created e-courses for grades 4-12. Her work has been published for university classes, teaching journals, virtual charter schools, and homeschools. Currently, she is the lead teacher and administrator for a private Christian school she started in the fall of 2020 for grades 5-12. In addition to her education journey, Lisa is also a professional Christian Life Coach with additional certifications in Spiritual Formation, Clarity and Momentum, and the Color Code (re: core motives). Her book "Fully Whelmed: Shifting from Overwhelm to Overflow" was published in early 2020. In addition to her work at PowerHouse Christian School, life-coaching, and being active in her local church, Lisa loves speaking and exhibiting at homeschool conventions across the country. She is fully whelmed and loving it.

Is there a workbook? Yes, you can buy a workbook on Amazon or download it for free once you purchase the course.

Preview the intro and lesson 5a videos below!

Course Curriculum

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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! A hardcopy of the workbook is available on Amazon.com. Search Amazon for "PowerHouse Writing Grade 4-8".

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.

"My 12 year old son who is allergic to writing is actually enjoying your 4th - 8th grade class! He was excited to show me his work today. THANK YOU!!" -Bonnie S.

ENROLL NOW and let's add your testimony to the list!


Simple. Thorough. Engaging.


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.


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.


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.

Simple. Thorough. Engaging.

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