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Introduction to Essay Writing: Middle School Basics

A 4-week writing class that teaches students the steps involved in creating clear, well developed, and thought-provoking essays.
Melissa L. - Registered IEW Instructor
279 total reviews for this teacher
44 reviews for this class
Completed by 149 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course 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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Class Experience

During this course, you will learn how to create four types of essays: Persuasive, Narrative, Descriptive, Expository. To do this, you will be learning about how to brainstorm ideas, create an outline, and then put together a five-part essay. Each essay will include an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. 
Writing is FUN, but I've seen too many students see it as a chore. However, writing is a skill that impacts a person's life long after school ends. Why not make it fun now?
As for me, I love classic literature and I especially enjoy working with students to help them develop their own love of reading and writing. (So much so that I've made a career out of it!) While my English degree, TEFL, and TESOL certifications are important, I've learned more about creating a positive learning environment from my years as a homeschool mom and classical tutor.
Each week, you will be given an essay to write using the outlines created during (or following) class. I ask that all students submit their essays when completed (with at least 24-48 hours before the next live class meeting) via MS Word or Google Docs. The essays will not be graded, but I would like a copy before class in order to give constructive feedback to each student.

All students will be asked to contribute in class and online. 

*Parents: You are always welcome to have your child submit his/her essay to me if you would like additional feedback after it has been revised based on class feedback. My main objective during this course is to build writing confidence and help your child understand processes that make writing essays easier regardless of the topic.
*Pen or pencil and notepad will be important for note-taking. While the materials about what we cover in class will be accessible to you after our meeting, you will want to have your own notes for your brainstorming ideas and outlines. *Access to Google Docs for resources.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Depending on how you break down the essay writing at home (completing it in one day or splitting it over multiple days) will determine how long you will need outside of class. 


Melissa L. - Registered IEW Instructor
Lives in the United States
Enthusiastic Bibliophile, Teacher, and Lifelong Learner
279 total reviews
103 completed classes

About Me


My name is Melissa. I am an IEW Registered Instructor, a certified TESOL/TEFL/EYL teacher, professional writer, beta reader, proofreader, editor, and homeschool mom. I have a love for the English language (I have a BA in English to prove... 
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