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Master Essay Writing Using 5 Key Steps: Essay Writing Club!

Before the Essay: Middle School Writing Projects

Dana Lorelle, Writing, Vocabulary, Essays
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1,215)
This class bridges the gap between paragraphs and essays by focusing on how to create longer, more complex writings -- while keeping it fun!

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
6 lessons//6 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Class 1: Narrative Writing
Students will have the option of writing a personal narrative (something that really happened) or a fictional narrative. However, either style must showcase the following elements: an interesting hook, dialogue, description, sentence variety, and certain literary elements such as metaphors and similes.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Class 2: Narrative Writing
Students will revise their narrative drafts during class time, specifically asking whether their compositions show various styles of sentence openings and lengths, strong word choice, and snappy dialogue.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Week 3: Expository Writing
Think of this as a "baby" essay. Students will select a topic that they can "expose," or explain, to their readers. In this class, they will work on writing the middle paragraph that gives information about their topic. Prior to this, they will work on graphically organizing their information.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Week 4: Expository Writing
After revising their middle body paragraph, students will compose an introduction (and yes, a thesis!) and conclusion.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Week 5: Persuasive Writing
The fifth week will focus on explaining and practicing persuasive techniques, as well as brainstorming the affirmative and negative sides of a topic (all topics will be age-appropriate). Students will work on writing a series of persuasive reasons for the body of their composition. These will not be full paragraphs, however. The focus is on understanding the structure of an essay while paring down the actual body "paragraphs."
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Week 6: Persuasive Writing
The final week, students will compose a thesis, introduction, and conclusion to pair with their body sentences.
My passion -- as well as my professional background -- is writing. Professionally, I hold a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I've been published in numerous newspapers and magazines. I've also taught writing and literature classes to students of all ages and abilities. 

On a personal note, I have homeschooled all five of my children and taught them all to read and write... and with each it has been a different experience! What's easy for one child is not easy for another. When I teach online, I always remember that it's important to keep learning fun and to incorporate different methods of teaching to reach all my students. 
Homework Offered
Learners can expect to turn in three papers. Most of the writing (and revising, if necessary) will be completed at home.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
For each paper submitted, learners will receive detailed feedback from the instructor.
Grades Offered
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1,215)
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Welcome! I'm here because I love writing, reading, and teaching, and through Outschool I'm able to blend all three. I offer classes in writing and literature analysis (especially poetry),... 
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for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
55 min

Completed by 74 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-14
3-9 learners per class

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