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Essay Essentials: Writing an Informative (Explanatory) Research Essay FLEX

In this six week FLEX writing course, middle school students will learn how to write a complete informative (or explanatory) research essay. Research, outlines, thesis statements, rough drafts, revising, and citations are covered.
Martha Jackson
302 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 21 learners
No live meetings
Over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Aug 22

Aug 22 - Sep 30 (6 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Aug 29

Aug 29 - Oct 7 (6 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Sep 5

Sep 5 - Oct 14 (6 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Sep 12

Sep 12 - Oct 21 (6 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Sep 19

Sep 19 - Oct 28 (6 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Sep 26

Sep 26 - Nov 4 (6 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Oct 3

Oct 3 - Nov 11 (6 weeks)
Flexible Time
1 learner enrolled
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Class Experience

Over this course students will learn how to write an informative research paper, from selecting a topic to correctly formatting a works cited page.  A complete paper will be written by each learner during the course, and students will learn skills that can be applied to any future essay writing.   

I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, and held a Professional Teaching Certificate in Florida to teach English in grades 6-12.  For the past several years I have taught small group classes on essay writing, including how to write informative / explanatory essays.  
As students are writing papers in this class, homework will be assigned that is specific to the task that was covered in class.  Students can generally expect to spend about an hour a week on homework (in addition to watching the videos and completing optional activities), some assignments will require less of the student.  Some students may want to spend more than an hour each week on assignments, but it is not required or expected.  Homework assignments are focused on learner's own essays, and each week is broken down into specific, manageable tasks.  
-- a non-black ink pen (blue, red, green) (for weeks 1 and 6) -- pencil and paper -- a folder to keep track of handouts and work -- handouts will be provided before each class and will need to be printed before class begins. -- learners will need internet / library access to complete research on a topic of their choosing, as well as to view videos for this course
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will have the option of completing activities and posting them to the classroom. 

Student homework will be done on a shared google document where I will provide weekly feedback before students move on to the next task.  There are no set deadlines for this class.  I am happy to provide feedback on work whenever it is completed.

Learners and parents have the option of receiving a letter grade at the end of the class on their final paper.  A grading rubric will be provided at the beginning of class for these students.  
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
None. However, because students are able to select their own topic for their research essay, parents / guardians should ensure that it fits within what they feel is appropriate for their learner.  


Martha JacksonPursuing Progress Over Perfection
302 total reviews
351 completed classes

About Me

Hi!  My name is Martha Jackson. I mainly teach writing and literature, and I absolutely love it.

My classes focus on breaking down complex ideas into bite-size pieces, giving students concrete tools to grow in specific areas (conducting research,... 
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