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Essay Writing Foundations: The Most Critical Skills

Lemons-Aid Learning
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(616)
In this upbeat, interactive class, students independently generate, organize, and express elaborated ideas in an effective essay. Students receive explicit instruction, modeling, guidance, and feedback.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Beginner Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with State-Specific Standards
10 lessons//5 Weeks
ย Week 1
Lesson 1
Get a Grip on Genre with Hollywood
Students learn to differentiate between various genres of writing: expository, narrative, & opinion.
Lesson 2
Talk the Talk
Students learn how 5-paragraph expository essays are structured and organized.
ย Week 2
Lesson 3
Give it a Go!
Learners annotate a sample essay.
Lesson 4
Get the scoop on using the necessary tech in an online English class.
ย Week 3
Lesson 5
Two Rules of Thumb
Students learn the two rules of thumb when developing ideas for their body paragraphs.
Lesson 6
The Secret to a Coherent Essay
Students learn the key to keeping their main idea paragraphs clear and coherent.
ย Week 4
Lesson 7
Writing Interesting Topic & Concluding Sentences
Students practice writing topic sentences and concluding sentences that are grammatically correct, sophisticated, and varied. We are working at the sentence level right now!
Lesson 8
'Storm, Seek, & Sort
Students learn how to generate research questions and then find answers, a process that improves their essay's ideas and interest level. Students practice these techniques then they plan their own body paragraphs independently, all while receiving helpful feedback from the instructor.
ย Week 5
Lesson 9
All the Spice & Everything Nice
Students learn critical elaboration techniques, the secret weapons to writing an interesting essay that stands apart from the rest.
Lesson 10
MLA Formatting & Google Docs
Students learn how to use Google Documents to write their essays. They learn to create a header, heading, and how to follow the formatting rules in the MLA style guide. They use this week to write the body paragraphs of their essays.
This class is comprehensive, and students: 
1. build confidence in their ability to write effectively. 
2. learn to write an essay with an effective introduction, fully-elaborated body paragraphs, and a powerful conclusion. 
3. learn to use correct grammar when writing. 
4. learn to generate ideas, organize their thoughts, and to think when writing. 
5. learn to use a process that strengthens their ideas, organization, word choice, sentence fluency, voice, and conventions. 
6. learn to work independently, using resources and a reliance on their mastery of new skills. 
The founder of Lemons-Aid, Mrs. Lemons has a B.A. in English and an M.Ed in Education Administration. She is certified to teach English, has a principal's license, and has many years of experience at every level. She also supervises teachers in their undergraduate and graduate level teacher preparation programs at Colorado Christian University. She is a teacher of teachers. 

All teachers who teach this class have an appropriate degree, teaching experience, and training, giving your learner a teacher who is a  content-area expert who loves kids. Mrs. Lemons is very selective and only hires the very best. They are star teachers!
Homework Offered
Students have 20-30 minutes of homework after each session once we are halfway through the coarse.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students receive authentic and helpful feedback in class as students use the chat box to practice. They also receive feedback outside of class on the writing learners submit. Feedback is thoughtful and constructive.
Grades Offered
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(616)
Since Feb 2021, Lemons-Aid Learning has been one of the top 100 most popular educator groups out of 5,000 teachers on the platform. We are grateful for the relationship we have with our learners and parents, which is how we retain that...ย 
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weekly or $199 for 10 classes
2x per week, 5 weeks
55 min

Completed by 335 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-16
6-15 learners per class

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