If your middle or highschooler needs help with writing essays, you've come to the right place! This course is designed to make the process of writing essays less daunting and more enjoyable for your teen or pre-teen. Whether your kid loves to write or writes reluctantly, this course will provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to embark on their essay-writing journey, and will better prepare them for future English composition classes. Sections are broken up into different categories of essays, which include a narrative essay, a descriptive essay, an expository essay, a critical essay, and an argument essay. Each lesson addresses a different step on the path to completing the essay, from creating an outline to writing the conclusion. Along the way, your child will see numerous examples to guide and inspire them, and will have the chance to apply their knowledge in small writing and editing exercises. In the last section of the course, your child will do some additional work with one of their previously completed essays in order to learn the process of revision. I have used my experience in teaching college-level writing to design this course, because I want to make sure that your child is prepared for college composition before graduating from high school. My hope is that by the end of this course, your child will have a new appreciation for the essay-writing process, and will feel more confident in their writing abilities.
This Course Includes:
- Seven units
- 40 video lessons
- 40 multiple-choice quizzes
- 40 activities
- 40 follow-along activity review videos (I review each activity and provide the answers one by one)
- Forty lesson reviews, each including a brief writing activity or exercise
- A Resource section with five essay checklists and twenty-three answer keys
- Five full essay examples, with many additional example excerpts
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Outline an essay.
- Write a complete essay with an introduction, at least three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
- Research a topic and locate outside sources when needed.
- Properly credit the sources they use.
- Revise their essays to improve organization and to make sure ideas are expressed clearly.
- Edit their essays to correct common mistakes and polish their sentences.
This course is geared toward students in grades 6-9, but is appropriate for those in grades 10-12 as well.
Before taking this course, it is ideal that students already have a basic understanding of grammar and how to write in complete sentences, as only one lesson in this course will be used to explain those topics.
While taking the course, students will need to watch each video lesson, complete the brief, multiple-choice quiz, and complete the writing exercise explained in each lesson review.
Lesson 1- What is an Essay?
Lesson 2- Parts of an Essay
Lesson 3- Essay Conventions and Grammar
Lesson 4- Avoiding Plagiarism (How to Cite Sources)
Lesson 5- What is a Narrative Essay?
Lesson 6- Narrative Essay Topic Selection
Lesson 7- Narrative Essay Outline
Lesson 8- Narrative Essay Introduction
Lesson 9- Narrative Essay Body Paragraphs
Lesson 10- Narrative Essay Conclusion
Lesson 11- What is a Descriptive Essay?
Lesson 12- Descriptive Essay Topic Selection
Lesson 13- Descriptive Essay Outline
Lesson 14- Descriptive Essay Introduction
Lesson 15- Descriptive Essay Body Paragraphs
Lesson 16- Descriptive Essay Conclusion
Lesson 17- What is an Expository Essay?
Lesson 18- Expository Essay Topic Selection
Lesson 19- Expository Essay Outline
Lesson 20- Expository Essay Introduction
Lesson 21- Expository Essay Body Paragraphs
Lesson 22- Expository Essay Conclusion
Lesson 23- What is a Critical Essay?
Lesson 24- Critical Essay Topic Selection
Lesson 25- Critical Essay Outline
Lesson 26- Critical Essay Introduction
Lesson 27- Critical Essay Body Paragraphs
Lesson 28- Critical Essay Conclusion
Lesson 29- What is an Argument Essay?
Lesson 30- Argument Essay Topic Selection
Lesson 31- Argument Essay- Finding and Evaluating Sources
Lesson 32- Argument Essay Thesis Statement
Lesson 33- Argument Essay Outline
Lesson 34- Argument Essay Introduction
Lesson 35- Argument Essay Body Paragraphs
Lesson 36- Argument Essay Conclusion
Lesson 37- Argument Essay Works Cited Page
Lesson 38- What is Revision?
Lesson 39- Achieving Coherence
Lesson 40- Extra Tips and Tricks