College Preparation Writing--Semester II: Critical Thinking and Argumentative Writing

Molly McGill, M.A.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(833)
Join a college professor to learn the ins and outs of writing a stellar argumentative paper and how to think critically about sources used in research, including online resources, academic journals, and more! #academic

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Beginner - Intermediate Level
Over the course of the eight-week course, students will learn the following:
--How to think critically about information presented to them in any format
--Identifying credible sources
--How to use the internet for responsible online research
--How to write an effective argument without emotion or bias
--How to avoid fallacies in their arguments and present a well-rounded research paper
--How to address conflicting viewpoints clearly and effectively
--How to access research materials online
--How to effectively take notes when researching and keep track of information
I have been teaching at the university level for several years, and have graded and edited hundreds of papers from college freshmen in those years. 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 to the instructor 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 student's progress over the eight 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
Grading available by request and grade reports available as a PDF at the end of the course.
All homework assignments and prompts are provided. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
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. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses Google Docs , Google Slides, and Google Classroom.

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 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
50 min

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(14)
Completed by 132 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 14-18
5-11 learners per class

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