This 30 week, 1 ½ hour class will prepare middle school students for the rigors of high school writing. In order to take this class, students must be able to write a simple, three-paragraph essay and have a working knowledge of basic grammar. A writing sample can be submitted to instructor for approval.
High school writing goes far beyond ordinary essays. Students will master five-paragraph descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive essays, but also venture into the world of academic essays. An incremental writing approach, or step-by-step method, will be taught. The basics to be mastered include: brainstorming, simple research, note-taking, formal outlining and mind-mapping, creating a thesis statement, self-editing, peer-review, how to properly cite references, knowing the difference between a bibliography and a works cited page (and know which to use), what constitutes a credible source, MLA-8 essay format, cover pages.
Students will understand the difference between analysis and synthesis essays. The proper way to construct a compare/contrast, cause/effect, and problem/solution essay. Know the differences between definition and explanatory essays, as well as fact, opinion, and inference.
Writing skills to be investigated and mastered include: character and historical profile, eyewitness and firsthand accounts, and summarizing.
One of the most important writing projects to be explored will be the research paper. Students will be required to complete a three to five-page research paper. The instructor will walk students through this process in incremental steps to ensure mastery. Topics discussed will include: proper topic selection, how to narrow focus on a specific topic, importance of pacing when writing a major paper, how to correctly edit, and proper submission of final draft.
Supplies student must provide for this class: paper for notetaking, pens/pencils
Class homework requirements: will include working on current writing project (brainstorming, note-taking, drafting, or editing).
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $50
Tutor: Rhonda Clark