Writing to Discover

Fall Semester (15 weeks); begins September 4

Tracy has been an excellent teacher for my daughter…[she] masterfully kept the class on task yet personable by checking in with each student at the start of class.

– Dana V, Beginning Writing Parent

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Method over Madness

Here’s a course that will methodically teach your student how to write with style and structure!

Ages: Grades 4-5

Semester tuition: $420 ($50 discount for private pay*)

*Private Pay: Payable in either a lump sum or 3 installments per semester.

Class date and time: Wednesdays at 10 AM (75 minutes)

Fall Semester: Register Now!

Instructor: Tracy Yeoh

Additional Information

  • Maximum number of students: 12
  • Students who sign up for this class are committing to two semesters, fall and spring.
  • To hold a space in the class, families paying with charter school funds will need to leave a $25 deposit. The deposit is refundable subject to our refund policy.
  • SPRING SEMESTER: Since this is a year-long class, we take mid-year enrollment on a case by case basis. If you are interested in registering for spring, please connect with the instructor, Tracy Yeoh, to explore adding your student in spring.

Course Description

If you’re looking for a step-by-step writing class for your elementary student, this is the class for you! 

Students will learn about engaging topics and receive lots of support as they learn the tools of writing with weekly practice! Using the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s (IEW) Discoveries in Writing, they will write key word outlines, narrative stories, multi-paragraph reports, compositions from pictures, and exercise their creative writing.  They will practice using dress-ups like strong verbs, quality adjectives, and who/which clauses to make their writing more interesting. Fun games will be incorporated to review vocabulary, grammar, and elements of style. There will be plenty of opportunities for sharing our stories and workshopping our writing as we learn together. This class is sure to be FUN and full of DISCOVERY with encouragement at all levels! 

This class would be appropriate for students who are looking for the next level of IEW after All Things Fun and Fascinating.

In the Fall semester we will practice making key word outlines and write paragraph reports on Constantine, Alfred the Great, and lapis lazuli.  We will practice writing narrative stories based on “The Lion and the Shepherd” and “The Sword in the Stone.”  We will also learn how to summarize a reference and write paragraph reports on Old Faithful, Bayeux Tapestry, Mecca, and tsunamis.  

In the Spring semester we will learn how to summarize using multiple sources to write reports on historical topics such as the French and Indian war, Bunker Hill, and Lafayette. We will have fun writing from pictures and do some creative writing about favorite hobbies, favorite people, and favorite places. If your child has experience with the IEW curriculum and is looking for a community with which to further develop their writing, this could be a good fit for you.  

Students will need to be able to complete assigned homework. This will include making outlines,  typing one to five paragraphs (see FAQs below) in Google Classroom, and learning two new vocabulary words each week.

Students will need at least one person to be their “editor” who will help them proofread for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and their required elements of style (checklists provided with every assignment). 

This is not a graded class, however, students will receive feedback and points for the assignments that they turn in. 

Some fun topics we’ll write about

Questions? Registration issues or questions for Tracy. Read reviews and explore more about Tracy.

Class FAQs

Can we use California charter funds for this class?

  • Yes! See our Service Vendorship list for an up-to-date list of charters.
  • Purchase Order (PO) instructions can be found at the bottom of this page.
  • A $25 deposit is required to hold a space for a student. The deposit will be refunded when the PO arrives, subject to our refund policy.
  • Is your charter missing from our list? Fill out this form to begin the process of adding your organization!

What are the required books and materials?

  • Discoveries in Writing Student Book (IEW store link)

Can you give me an idea of the types of assignments and the time required to complete coursework?

The time required for assignments will vary greatly by student, so a precise estimate would be difficult to give. Homework assignments for the fall semester include making key word outlines and typing 1-3 paragraphs each week in Google Classroom.  Homework assignments for the spring semester will include typing 1-5 paragraphs in Google Classroom.  Two new vocabulary words are introduced almost every week.

What type of parent support will be needed?

In these lower grades, we find that parental support in the form of organizing student assignments over several days and helping them in the writing process and/or proofreading facilitates a successful experience.  Students will need at least one person to be their “editor” who will help them proofread for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and their required elements of style (checklists provided) before turning in each assignment.

What tech platforms are required and used?

  • Online platform such as Zoom
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Login or Gmail for each enrolled student and parent Google account

What are the semester dates?

  • Fall Semester: September 4-December 18, 2024 [Thanksgiving Break:  Nov 25-29, 2024]
  • Spring Semester: January 15-April 30, 2025 [Spring Break:  April 14-18, 2025]

What are your registration and cancellation policies?

See this page for policies.

For more answers to your questions, see our Class FAQ page.

Fall Semester – 2024

For billing purposes, please request purchase orders using monthly interval price below (instead of the whole semester length).

  • Vendor: Christine Echeverri DBA Carrier Shell Curriculum
  • Instructor name
    • Tracy Yeoh
  • Class: Group tutoring – Elementary Writing online class
  • Start date: September 4, 2024
    • Semester end date: December 18, 2024
  • Duration of each lesson: 75 minutes
  • Frequency: once per week for 4 months (see schedule above)
  • Cost per month – Spring semester: $105 x 4 mos. (Sept.-Dec.)
    • Semester tuition: $420
  • Class link: https://carriershellcurriculum.com/classes/writing-online-classes/beginning-writing/