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Available Office Hours with Alta on Zoom

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In this Writing-Across-the-Curriculum course elementary students meet animals that work in different parts of the world.  Learning about these regions and why that may be the only place with specific jobs a particular animal, students are exposed to geography.  A short math problem, poem, critical thinking exercise make connections to other learning areas.

Get your Materials List ahead of start date: 6 September!


This class welcomes all kinds of writers and especially those who finds writing a challenge.  Students learn about interesting animals with quirky behaviours and unusual lifestyles.



IEW Structure and Style for Students Level A Year 1 is the entry level to the core writing program published by the Institute for Excellence in Writing.  This is suitable for elementary students.

Get your Materials List ahead of start date: 8 September!


IEW Structure and Style for Students Level A Year 2 is the continuation level to the core writing program from the Institute for Excellence in Writing.  This is suitable for elementary students that are destined for the next level of schooling in the following year.  Students who still need to build more confidence before moving up are welcome here.

Effective Note-taking and Study Skills are included!

Get your Materials List ahead of start date: 9 September!


Higher order thinking development is paramount during middle school years and beyond.  This Write-Across-the-Curriculum course integrate writing practice for different subjects while inspiring students to engage and write in order to learn! It includes math riddles, mapping, learning about the systems of dog biology that map to those of all mammals. The readers serve a dual purpose of a critique on literature and a study of character traits.

Get your Materials List ahead of start date: 6 September!

IEW Structure and Style for Students Level B Year 2 is the continuation level to the core writing program published by the Institute for Excellence in Writing.  This is suitable for middle school students that are destined for the next level of schooling in the following year.  Students who still need to build more confidence before moving up are welcome here.

Effective Note-taking and Study Skills are included!

Get your Materials List ahead of start date: 9 September!


IEW Structure and Style for Students Level B Year 1 is the  level to the first year middle school level of the core writing program published by the Institute for Excellence in Writing.  This is suitable for middle school students that will still be a middle school student in the following year. 

Effective Note-taking and Study Skills are included!

Get your Materials List ahead of start date: 9 September!


Ernest Shackleton and his men provde a rich canvas against which students explore history, geography, biology, physics, mathematics, English writing, literature,  social studies, critical thinking, character studies, and leadership. The lessons here in listening to others and thinking about their advice hold practical benefits for everyone, young and old!

Get your Materials List ahead of start date: 9 September!




IEW Structure and Style for Students Level C Year 1 is the  level to the first year high school level of the core writing program published by the Institute for Excellence in Writing.  This is suitable for high school students that will still be in school during the following year. 

Effective Note-taking and Study Skills are included!

Get your Materials List ahead of start date: 9 September!


IEW Structure and Style for Students Level C Year 2 is the  second year of high school level study of the core writing program published by the Institute for Excellence in Writing.  This is suitable for high school students that are preparing for tertiary level work.

Effective Note-taking and Study Skills are included!

Get your Materials List ahead of start date: 9 September!


In this class students learn thirty different ways to write paragraphs. It is through understanding how to think before the writing task begins that is important.  Learning additional tools for constructing a paragraph with intent, students expand their options and select the best structure for the task at hand. Middle school students who are confident writers may join this class upon request.

Photo Credit: Photo by Denis Chick