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Lost Tools of Writing - Lit. Analysis, Thesis Development & Persuasive Essays (Sem 1)

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Paige Bombacie - IEW Registered Instructor
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(174)
In this fun and exciting 15 Session class students will become powerful persuasive writers.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Intermediate Level
Students will not only learn how to craft a thesis, support it and write a persuasive essay they will learn how to think through complex issues from multiple perspectives. They will be able to read a book and discuss plots, themes, and symbolism.
In this class, we will address sensitive topics that may elicit differing opinions among students. However, I have extensive experience in facilitating such discussions in a classroom setting for the past seven years, helping students discover their beliefs on a given topic and the reasons behind them. Using the cannons of rhetoric and Socratic method, I challenge students to consider both sides of a thesis.

Apart from my experience in leading diverse groups of students in such discussions, I possess over 15 years of expertise in youth counseling and mentorship. My Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Washington, with a focus on education, social, and cultural change, has equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills to objectively and respectfully guide students through challenging discussions.

Furthermore, I have been coaching students in writing for more than 13 years, which has honed my ability to communicate effectively and convey complex ideas to learners of different backgrounds and abilities.
Homework Offered
After every class, there is an assignment related to the ideas introduced in-class. Students should allow approximately 1 hour to complete these exercises. On weeks when students are writing their essays 1-2 hours should be allowed for completion. The students will be working on one essay for 4 weeks. In addition, students will have reading They will be reading the the next book for the next essay while writing the previous books essay.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
The students will receive weekly feedback and guidance as they compose their essays. Student will be instructed to use a self check rubric. Upon completion of each essay I will assess students writing and provide encouraging feedback. I do not provide letter grades.
Grades Offered
LTW is a systematic program that removes the ambiguity of writing and helps unique learners. I was diagnosed with Dyslexia and have worked with many dyslexic students. I can offer encouragement, understanding, and accommodation tips. 
No Pre-Reqs are required 
 1 file available upon enrollment
Books - Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Number the Stars, Amos Fortune I will provide study guide packets and LTW worksheet packets to assist with homework - These will need to be printed on your own. The use of Google Docs for Submitting papers is required Please Note that students and/or parents need to know how to upload attachments (PDF or Pictures) and how to use basic functions of Google Docs. All of these steps will be demonstrated in class for students.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Each book that has been selected for analysis and writing has been pulled from well know booklist and deemed appropriate for this age group. It is highly recommended that parents familiarize themselves with the content of these books. 

Sensitive items to watch for:
Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - Magic, battles, scary animals, sacrificial death of the main character. 
Number the Stars - Persecution of the Jews during WWII
Amos Fortune - Slavery, mistreatment of African Americans 

Please Note that students and/or parents need to know how to upload attachments (PDF or Pictures) and how to use basic functions of Google Docs. All of these steps will be demonstrated in class for students.
Every student must have access to the books we will be reading and discussing in class. Books can be audio or paper. Note we will not be actually reading the book in class but rather discussing the book. 

Students will be provided with a packet for Literary Analysis and for Composing Essays. These packets can be used digitally or can be printed and used in hard copy form. 


Use of Google Docs is required for submitting papers - Account required 
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(174)
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People, especially kids are my passion. My goal is to cultivate a love and lifestyle of learning in my students. I have a B.A. from the University of Washington with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. For over 10 years I have been tutoring... 
Group Class

$300

for 15 classes
1x per week, 15 weeks
50 min

Completed by 46 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-17
5-18 learners per class

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