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Essay Essentials: Writing the Complete Argumentative Research Essay (Ages 11-14)

In this English Language Arts writing course, middle 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
301 total reviews for this teacher
10 reviews for this class
Completed by 43 learners
50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue Sep 13

Sep 13 - Oct 6 (4 weeks)
Tu, Th
6pm - 6:50pm

Tue Oct 25

Oct 25 - Nov 17 (4 weeks)
Tu, Th
7pm - 7:50pm

Mon Nov 7

Nov 7 - Dec 7 (4 weeks)
Mo, We
6pm - 6:50pm
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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 class.  An hour in class generally translates to an hour of homework before the next class, but some assignments will require less of the student.  Some students may want to spend more than an hour on assignments, but it is not required or expected.  Homework assignments are focused their own essays, and each day is broken down into specific, manageable tasks.  Homework will be posted after each class period. 
-- a non-black ink pen (blue, red, green) -- 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 outside of class on a topic of their choosing
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
During class, students will be informally assessed through class discussion and activity to ensure student understanding and so I, as the teacher, can adapt the class to student's needs.  

Student homework will be done on a shared google document where I will provide weekly feedback before students move on to the next task.  

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.  
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, 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
301 total reviews
348 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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