Welcome to Writing: January Lessons
“The Alarming Spread of Poetry”
P. G. Wodehouse
I first met Bertie and Jeeves, P. G. Wodehouse’s most famous characters, when I was in high school, and I’ve been reading Wodehouse ever since. Although the plots may seem entirely unlikely, Wodehouse’s broad literary background and nimble use of language place his writings at a much higher level than most modern humor writing. I hope this brief piece will help you discover ways to incorporate subtle humor in your own writing.
Janice Campbell is a writer, conference speaker, and lifelong learner with an abiding love for classic literature. She graduated with honors from Mary Baldwin College (an English major, of course!) and is author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy, Get a Jump Start on College, and other resources. She is also Director of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (www.NAIWE.com). In every facet of her business life—writing, speaking, and NAIWE—Janice’s goal is to share knowledge and resources that can help ordinary people do extraordinary things. You can find her online at www.Everyday-Education.com and www.Janice-Campbell.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
This course is designed to provide a strong literature-based writing component to your student’s studies. It is worth 1/2 a unit (0.5 academic credit) if done alone.
If you plan to use it as part of a full English unit, you will need to add these items:
• Four or more full-length works of classic literature
• A solid roots-based vocabulary program such as Dynamic Literacy’s Word Build
• An 8-15 page research paper on the topic of your choice (this can be on a history topic, or a study of an author’s life and work, for example)
– Janice Campbell
* Please be informed of your own state’s academic requirements. http://schoolhouseconnect.com/state-homeschool-laws/
For transcript help, go to http://schoolhouseteachers.com/2013/05/creating-a-transcript/