Essentials in Writing: Grade 11 (DVD & Pre-printed SB)

There is much to love about Stephen’s Grade 11 writing course. Our (Mike and Carrie’s) oldest son completed it as a senior, doing the Grade 11 even though he could have easily handled the Grade 12. This is because the Grade 12 course was delayed in its release, and so we simply continued with the just released Grade 11. It was our son’s favorite course as a junior and was one that he enjoyed this year as well.

This set includes everything you need for the course, providing all needed videos and a consumable student text. You can purchase an individual copy of the student text here.

Overview of Grade 11 Topics:

  • SENTENCE STRUCTURE – dependent and independent clause; simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences; address sentence errors (fragment, run on, and comma splice), appositives
  • FORMAL PARAGRAPH – structure; expository, persuasive, compare/contrast, descriptive, cause/effect, and narrative paragraphs
  • THE WRITING PROCESS – in depth study of each part of the writing process; practice the writing process with multi-paragraph compositions
  • ESSAYS (formal and informal) – detailed instruction and step by step process for expository, persuasive, process analysis, cause and effect, compare/contrast, and response to literature essays; 60-minute essay (college prep)
  • RESEARCH PAPER (project) – detailed instruction and step by step process to conduct a research project and write a research paper: CAREER STUDY (EXPOSITORY)


There is a DVD or online component for most lesson days, with the video lasting 7-15 minutes. Matthew Stephens enthusiastically teaches these video lessons with the aid of a whiteboard, clearly sharing the writing process step-by-step as he teaches the lesson.

The Student Text is well laid out, including a summary of notes from the lesson, samples of effective writing, samples of ineffective writing, and clear rubrics to aid the parent in grading the student’s work. Lessons are broken down into incremental steps, keeping the writing process from becoming intimidating.

As you can see by the samples (linked below), the Grade 11: EIW also covers the writing of a research paper by breaking this large task down into incremental steps. What a blessing for all the families who worry about how to cover this very important skill!

You can see the first 33 pages here.

You can also watch a sample lesson video here.