A guide to writing essays using Lost Tools of Writing 1 (LTW 1). Apply what you already know from IEW or other writing curricula to LTW essays, and scale up or scale back based on your needs.
The course is designed to help parent-teachers with the "at-home" portion of the essay writing assignments in Classical Conversations Challenge A, B, and 1. The course helps students transition from IEW in Essentials to LTW in Challenge, applying what they already know to their rhetorical essay assignments and helping them to write essays that are not too "LTW-y."
If your student enjoys writing and wants more, you can use this course to scale-up.
If your student is a reluctant writer, this course will help you help them.
The course is taught by Cheryl Krichbaum, who has a bachelor's degree and considerable graduate coursework from a Department of Rhetoric,* including rhetorical theory, teaching techniques, portfolio, and writing process. Although Mrs. Krichbaum is an award-winning author, her boys are reluctant writers, so she has experience teaching elementary- through college-age students of varying writing abilities. With her boys, she has been the parent-teacher for Challenges A through 3, and during covid she was a Challenge B Director.
*When I earned my bachelor's degree and worked on my master's, the program was in the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Services at the University of Minnesota. The degree programs have since moved to the College of Liberal Arts into a newly formed Department of Writing Studies.
meet with Mr. Towler live via video conferencing once per week. If
you can't meet at that time, you can watch the video afterwards. The
purpose of the course is to guide the students through what they already
have assigned. Anything additional (for students who want more) is
clearly marked "OPTIONAL."
The course does not include Mr. Towler reading, reviewing, or providing feedback other than within
the context of the group class.
This course is not intended to overlap or replace the conversation your Director leads on community day.
Use the course in the way that works for your family. You're still the teacher!
Price of the course is per family, so if you have twins you only pay once.