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Let's Write a 5 Paragraph Essay Together: Flex Class

In this 5-week course, students will learn how to write different essay types and practice writing an introduction paragraph, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph for one specific type that they choose.
Janelle Fila
878 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 28 learners
No live meetings
Over 5 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

Available Times

Pacific Time

Sun, Oct 9

Oct 9 – Nov 12 (5 weeks)
Flexible Time
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

Week One: On Sunday, students will have access to a prerecorded video that explains how to craft a clear and effective thesis statement. The students should pick a topic to use in class that they plan to write about in the future or that interests them. For each day of the week Monday-Friday, I will post different essay types (narrative, persuasive, compare and contrast, rhetorical analysis, and literary analysis) and ask the students to post a thesis statement based off their chosen topic for each essay type. On Saturday, students will have access to a short Kahoot quiz. By Saturday, students should also post a full introduction paragraph on the topic they've chosen to receive constructive feedback from myself and encouraging feedback from the other students. 

Week Two: Sunday's video will cover topic sentences for the paper's body paragraphs. Students will post one topic sentence from their Week One thesis statement to use in their first body paragraph. For each day of the week Monday-Friday, students will post one piece of relevant research (a paraphrased sentence, idea, quote, or statistic) that supports their topic sentence and can be used in their first body paragraph. On Saturday, students can access to their second weekly Kahoot and should post their full body paragraph for review. 

Weeks Three and Four: Students will work on the topic sentences for the second and third body paragraphs of their essay. The structure and expectations for these weeks will look similar to Week Two. Students can refer back to Week Two's video or post any questions in the classroom for further explanation and discussion. By the end of Week Four, students will have completed four weekly Kahoots and all three body paragraphs of their essay. 

Week Five: Sunday's video will explain the conclusion of an essay. We will discuss the importance of this final paragraph and how to restate the paper's information in a new and unique way. For each day of the week Monday-Friday, students will practice restating their thesis statement, the three topic sentences from their body paragraphs, and one final overall summary statement for their conclusion. On Saturday, they will receive their final Kahoot and post their conclusion for their final round of feedback.  
As a tutor, I spent most of my time reading and editing essays (often times from college students!). I realized there is a real, ongoing need for this type of class. I use straightforward tips to demystify essay writing. My goal is to make a potentially stressful assignment as simple as possible. While earning my Master's degree in Creative Writing, I was anxious about my own 30 page extended critical essay. Luckily I had a wonderful teacher who gave me invaluable advice. I was able to turn a stressful situation into an enjoyable experience. I hope to carry on that legacy and pay it forward with the next generation. 
Students have one weekly video to watch and small writing tasks assigned each day. They should write one paragraph of their essay each week and complete a short weekly Kahoot quiz. 
Students will need internet access to do research for the essay weeks two, three, and four. They can use a variety of different sources, some of which will be provided or talked about in class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The weekly Kahoot quiz is a great way to gauge the learner's understanding of each weekly topic. I will give feedback on each paragraph the student posts, so by the end of class, the student will have received feedback on their entire essay. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Students are in charge of the essay topics they choose to write about, but some students might choose sensitive or controversial topics like gun control. I will do my best to make sure the classroom posts are age appropriate regardless of the essay's subject matter. 


Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
878 total reviews
699 completed classes

About Me

I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and subject levels. 
This experience taught me that most kids enjoy... 
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