Stop the Essay Stress, Part 2: Set the Stage | Powerful Essay Introductions

In this one-time class, we will break down each part of an engaging essay introduction, talk about its importance, learn to craft effective introduction elements, and learn to seamlessly put it together to set the stage for essay success.
New Horizons Academy
206 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 8 learners
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45 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does aOne-Timeclass work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will improve overall introduction writing skills including:
- hook writing knowledge and skills
- background/summary writing skills
- thesis writing skills* (*As important as thesis writing is, another of my classes is devoted entirely to thesis writing. Please follow this link to see that Outschool course: https://bit.ly/ThesisRoadmap .)
***About Becky Zerr***
My name is Becky Zerr, and I am a former public education English and journalism teacher of more than six years. I graduated Cum Laude from Kansas State University. Most importantly, I love to help students learn!

***About Monica Winkler***
Intro Video: https://youtu.be/ibCsUt6Rs-U
Sample Teaching Video: https://youtu.be/eUpM1wB5MYU
Hi there! I'm Monica and I teach reading, vocabulary, and writing classes. I recently finished graduate school in linguistics. I grew up speaking English, Spanish, and Swiss German at home, so I've been surrounded by several languages from a young age. Whether I am studying the history of a word, or what language can tell us about its speakers, I am endlessly curious about language. I have experience teaching linguistics courses at the university level, as well as teaching writing, reading, and English as a second language online. I'm so excited to share my passion for language and to learn with and from my students!
My teaching philosophy is that every student comes into the classroom with knowledge. It's my job, as a teacher, to leverage what they already know to help them achieve their goals.
Outside of the classroom, you can find me at the beach, or out in nature. I love to spend my free time reading, writing, and with my friends and family. Oh, and playing with my cat, Biscuit!
I'm looking forward to seeing you in class!

***About Sara Brinkley***
Intro and Sample Teaching Video: https://youtu.be/_hrvIU5Tq9c
Hi, my name is Sara. I am very passionate about helping children achieve success. I have a Bachelor of Arts in The Foundations of Counseling Psychology and a certificate in Literacy Tutoring through the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.
I am a certified preschool teacher and I have a 160-hour TEFL.  In the past 7 years I have worked with preschool age children all the way through high school. I have worked as a lead preschool teacher, substitute teacher for all grade levels and an educational therapy assistant working with students with severe needs.
I have also taught ESL online for 3 years and have been an online reading tutor for 1 year.
I enjoy family trips to the beach with my husband and two sons. I also enjoy reading, boating, and taking our two dogs to the dog park.
I look forward to learning about your child and helping them achieve their learning goals. See you in the classroom!

***About Donna McElheny***
Intro and Sample Teaching Video: https://youtu.be/0dW6Dd4n02g
Hello! My name is Donna (students often call me Teacher Donna) and I am so excited to meet you!
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Education with a concentration in English, an active teaching certificate, and am currently in the process of working on my Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist.
I teach English Language Arts with New Horizons Academy and stay home with my own four young kiddos. My kids (ages 10, 8, 6, and 3) keep me on my toes and help me to come up with new and fun lessons to bring into the classroom for your own little learners.
I love teaching children of all ages and am looking forward to becoming your child's teacher.
My personal teaching philosophy is "We are Lifelong Learners!" I want to foster a love of learning in my classroom through engaging, fun, and creative lessons.  I hope to see you in my classroom very soon!
None, though a digital handout is provided for students to use on future writing projects.
A three-page digital handout is provided for students to use on future writing projects that includes a brainstorming chart, notes, and key slide images.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Google Docs (handout) and Google Slides (presentation)
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
*As important as thesis writing is, another of my classes is devoted entirely to thesis writing. Please follow this link to see that Outschool course: https://bit.ly/ThesisRoadmap .

At New Horizons Academy, we understand how difficult setting your family's schedule can be, juggling everyone's activities and classes. To honor that time commitment, we are proud to be able to offer another of our organization's Outschool-approved and trained teachers (Mrs. Becky, Teacher Sara, Ms. Monica, or Teacher Donna) in the rare occurrence of teacher illnesses or urgent personal events. This will allow you to keep your schedule in-tact as much as possible and keep the learning going!

Offered by

New Horizons Academy
Lives in the United States
Experienced and caring teachers to help your learner reach their dreams. * Owner & Curriculum Creator Becky Zerr * Teacher Sara Brinkley * Teacher Donna McElheny * Teacher Monica Winkler *
206 total reviews
331 completed classes

About Us

***About Becky Zerr***
Teaching--especially in English, writing, and language arts--is a true passion of mine. I graduated Cum Laude from Kansas State University in 2010 with a Secondary Education degree in English and Journalism, and then went on... 
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