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Essay Essentials: Writing the Argumentative Research Essay FLEX (High School)

In this six week asynchronous writing course, high school students learn to write an argumentative research essay with easy to follow steps. Students complete an argumentative essay on a topic of their own choosing with teacher feedback.
Martha Jackson, English Language Arts and Writing
364 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 4 learners
No live meetings
Over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course 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

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Class Experience

Over this course students will learn how to write an argumentative research paper, from selecting a topic to correctly formatting a works cited page.  Students will learn how to spot logical fallacies and bias, and will apply this knowledge to their writing. A complete paper will be written 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.  I have experience teaching writing in public middle and high schools. For the past several years I have taught small group homeschool classes on essay writing, including how to write argumentative essays.  
As students are writing papers in this class, homework will be assigned that is specific to the task that was covered in the week's videos.  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
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 written or video 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 during the course 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 Jackson, English Language Arts and WritingPursuing Progress Over Perfection
364 total reviews
428 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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