Writing classes for kids.

My name is Desiree Kannel, owner of Rose Writers for Kids. I left public school teaching to start Rose Writers because out of all the subjects I taught, I enjoyed writing the most. I came alive during writing time and always made sure that subject was never skipped. After a few years of full-time teaching, I took a leave of absence and went back to school. I earned an MFA from Antioch University and a post-grad certificate in Rhetoric & Composition from Cal State Dominguez Hills. I started Rose Writers in 2009, and I have never regretted it! I love to teach writing in a way that is very different from traditional education.

 

I truly enjoy working with young writers, and I would be happy to talk with you about how I can help your child on their writing journey.

 

Thank you!

Ms. Dez

Charter School Vendor Approvals:

 

Sky Mountain

Inspire

Epic

Summit

 

A note about my courses:

 

I enjoy creating new and unique courses, lessons, and class materials. All of my courses are based on Common Core Standards, and I use CC guidelines to determine which skills to emphasize in each grade level. 

Course Descriptions

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Beginning Creative Writing (A)- Fiction

 

8 weekly sessions, 1hr

Grades 2-3

$150

 

Course objectives: Write a fictional story that includes a beginning, middle and end, descriptive details, dialogue, transition words and other narrative techniques.

Sample course outline:

  • Weeks 1-3: generate story ideas, introduce strong beginnings, outline sequence of events
  • 4-6: writing the middle – including climax, action, and dialogue
  • 7-8: endings, revise, and publish.

 

We’ll write from prompts and exercises, practice reading and responding, and learn a bit about crafting a story. Workshop guidelines and practices create a safe environment, and writers are encouraged to take risks and have fun. Creative writing is an enjoyable and low stress way to help young writers gain both confidence and skills.

Supplies: writing notebook with standard size paper, pencils, pens. All other material provided

Beginning Creative Writing (B) - Nonfiction

 8 sessions, 1hrs 

$150

Grades 2-3

8 week course

Objective: write a personal narrative using effective techniques, descriptive details, sequence of events.

 

Sample course outline:

  • Weeks 1-3: generate story ideas, introduce strong beginnings, outline sequence of events
  • 4-6: writing the middle – focus on descriptive details, dialogue, and transitions.
  • 7-8: endings, revise, and publish.

 

We’ll write from prompts and exercises, practice reading and responding, and learn a bit about crafting a story. Workshop guidelines and practices create a safe environment, and writers are encouraged to take risks and have fun. Creative writing is an enjoyable and low stress way to help young writers gain both confidence and skills.

Writing: Paragraphs & Essays

Middle School

16 weekly sessions, 1.5hrs

$350

This class will help students add clarity, flow, and depth to their essays. Students will learn how to discover relationships between words, ideas and sentences, and how these relationships build coherent paragraphs. We’ll play with paragraph puzzles and practice revising and rewording paragraphs to increase clarity and flow. Students will use their own writing and work with models.

 

My teaching philosophy for this class developed from my post-grad studies in rhetoric & composition. Specifically, from: A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers, by Erika Lindemann.

 

Second half of course will focus on 2 types of academic essays: arguments, informative/explanatory (or another academic genre)

Thesis statements and the 5-paragraph essay format are covered extensively.

This course includes at home writing and reading assignments.

Supplies needed: writing notebook or journal, access to computer and word processing with ability to print, access to online classroom account. 

Readings: copies provided, or available online or at local library

 

 

 

 

Creative Writing for Teens

16 sessions; 1.5hr

Grades 9 and up

$350 

 

Objectives: write in a variety of genres including fiction, creative nonfiction,

and poetry.  Publication of stories and an end of semester performance is included.

Course includes at home writing assignments and readings.

 

This is a generative workshop, and the bulk of our time together is spent creating and revising our stories. In addition to writing from prompts, writers will practice craft elements such as character development, dialogue, setting, and plot. Writers will also learn how to give helpful feedback on their classmates’ drafts. Workshop guidelines and practices create a safe environment, and writers are encouraged to take risks and explore their creativity. Optional final project includes publication and reading. No previous workshop experience required.

 

Materials needed: writing notebook or journal, access to computer and word processing with ability to print, access to our Google Classroom account. Readings: copies provided or available online. 

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Contact:

Desiree@Rosewriters.com

562-882-2183

 

 

 

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