High School Analytical & Professional Written Communications (16+)

11th and 12th: Analytical and Professional Communication

Course Syllabus & Required Books/Materials

As pre-collegiate students delve into a transition from the adolescent learner to the adult peer, students will be encouraged to foster an independent, critical approach to relational communication.  There is no better opportunity to practice relational communication than through humor, improvisation, games, and group problem-solving activities. Through laughter and merriment, students will study skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes, audience expectations and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.  Students will write a thesis-driven research paper (APA or MLA formatted) designed to stimulate intellectual discernment and curiosity in understanding and respecting the power of the written word. this course is designed to allow pre-collegiate students the experience of focused critique within a small group setting and spirited, student-driven discussion in both the small and large group settings.  Students will also receive personalized instruction to enhance professional communication including resume building, interoffice memorandums, and post-interview communications.

Assessment: Alternate Formative assessment to evaluate progress and Composition Summative assessment to evaluate achievement.

Cost: $225 (All materials included.)



Kimberly Okvist is a published author and motivated instructor with a profound devotion to educating young minds.  After completing an intensive workshop on English Writing and Communication at Rhodes College, Mrs. Okvist went on to receive her BA in English from The University of Oklahoma with an emphasis on classics and technical writing.  She furthered her academic writing career as an editor for the American Indian Law Review and advanced her professional communication skills through her study of law and debate. Mrs. Okvist received her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with specialty in Education Law and certification in Federal Indian Law.  After working in the legal field for some time, Mrs. Okvist was hired as an Associate Professor at St. Gregory’s University. She primarily taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in English Grammar, Professional Communication, and Business Law. Mrs. Okvist also taught Latin I, Latin II, Catholicism I and Catholicism III at Mount St. Mary’s High School.  Mrs. Okvist co-authored the book Reading and Language Development (2005) and some of her compositions include: A Figurative Voyage: A Reflection of Socio-Economic Hierarchy as Narrated in The Pilgrim’s Progress, Gulliver’s Travels, and The Canterbury Tales (2003); A Disabled Student’s Constitutional Right to Home-School (2006); Alternative Dispute Resolutions among Indigenous Tribes of Australia, United States and Canada (2007); “Walt Whitman: From Transcendentalist to Patriotic Poet” (2003); “What is Life? The Human Genome Project” (2002).

Allen and Kimberly Okvist have 6 children and have been FSSP parishioners for over 10 years.  Mrs. Okvist is an avid supporter of homeschooling and she has experienced the journey of homeschooling with several of her children.  The Okvists moved to Minnesota a few years ago and are adjusting to life here in the north. Mrs. Okvist is the Latin teacher at Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School.