College Preparation Writing for High School--Semester I: Research and Writing Basics

Molly McGill, M.A.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(833)
Learn everything you will need to know for writing successfully in college including grammar basics, writing a summary, research papers, analyzing sources, and more--all from a college professor! Great for hesitant writers! #academic

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Beginner Level
Over the course of the ten weeks, students will engage with different writing styles and methods as a way of developing their own writing skills. Students will learn how to form basic summaries, descriptions, and analyses of various types of information. Students will engage with critical thinking skills when developing their research paper and discerning what is a credible source and synthesizing the information on their own. Students will also learn technical writing skills from grammar to formatting to editing and revision skills. The purpose of this course is to allow students to take a step closer to being successful college level writers when their day in the classroom comes! 
I have been teaching at the university level for several years, and have graded and edited hundreds of papers from college freshmen. I hope to help develop writing skills in high school aged children in this class to prevent many of the common errors I see in university papers! 
Homework Offered
Students are expected to participate in weekly assignments that will be submitted to the instructor and feedback will be given for each and every assignment. Each assignment is submitted through Google Classroom, and feedback is personalized based on the students strengths and weaknesses. Each week students will get suggestions on how to further improve and be told what they are doing well. Parents can request grades at any time.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
At the end of the course, parents are welcome to request a full assessment of the students' progress over the 10 weeks if they would like. Further, grades are optional but available. Students will be assessed based on how they have grown as writers in the course and assessments will include what they have done well with end areas that need improving. For those receiving grades, a rubric will be distributed to parents so they can see where all of the points are coming from in the final grade.
Grades Offered
Letter grades available upon request.
Due to the slow-building nature of this course, it is ideal for students with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Neurodivergent learners, or hesitant writers. Each week, students will build on their longer writing project 1-3 paragraphs at a time.
It is recommended that students are familiar with a five-paragraph essay, but it is not required. 
All homework assignments and prompts are provided. Students are expected to submit work through Google Classroom for easy submission and revisions.
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Students are expected to participate in activities in class. While I do not require cameras, students will be expected to use their microphones to participate vocally in class several times. If this is an issue for your student, please do not hesitate to reach out so we can make other arrangements! Please keep in mind, per Outschool policy, students will have to turn their cameras on once on the first day of class for learner verification. 

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(833)
Hello Outschool families! My name is Molly McGill and I am so excited to be teaching on the Outschool platform and sharing what I love with students from all over the world. I earned my Masters in art history from the University of Colorado, where... 
Group Class


for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
50 min

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(136)
Completed by 1086 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 13-18
5-9 learners per class

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