Intro to Expository Writing

9th & 10th : Introduction to Expository Writing

Course Syllabus & Required Books/Materials

This interdisciplinary course lays the foundation for skills emphasized in close and analytical reading and critical thinking. Students will relish in the opportunity to build artistic STEM projects of their own choices and apply their hands-on experience toward developing their skills in working with language and text with an enhanced awareness of purpose, subject, audience, and tone, while strengthening their own composition skills.  Through humorous and impromptu writing prompts, students will compose expository and creative pieces as growing confidence in their composition skills becomes a major focus of the course. Students will refine research skills as students are introduced to the APA citation style for formatting references and documentation through these assigned STEM projects. Students are expected to become more analytical in their writing skills and will be expected to demonstrate critical thinking skills.  This course also provides intentional preparation for upcoming standardized testing through an intensive review of grammar and syntax.

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.