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The Elegant Essay for Ages 10-12: Crafting Descriptive and Narrative Essays

In this 8-week multi-day course, specially-created for advanced younger students, we will learn to create essays with creativity for a lifetime of confidence and skill.
Cindy Frank
481 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 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

*To gain confidence in both creativity and organization for the essay format 
*Understand all the basic ideas of communication through essay
* To communicate effectively,  think adroitly and respond fluently in writing
* Improve memory retention and organizational skills in crafting essays
* Expand vocabulary and word usage and phrasing
*To gain deeper understanding of the nuances of literature and the essay format
*To Improve basic grammar
In my longtime work as both  tutor and teacher of both middle and high school students, and as a former book publishing professional, I  have guided writers of all ages and abilities  to give each communicator the skills to think deeply, to cultivate an individual voice and style, and ultimately to discover true confidence to write well now and for always. 
Each week students will read an essay  to give background to the type of essay being taught for the week. Students will complete one to two short writing assignments per week to support the classroom work and/or craft an essay per week. All work will be formally assessed and graded and returned to students in a timely manner. Additionally,  there will be optional assignments in grammar, 
 3 files available upon enrollment
A syllabus with listing of all lectures/assignments will be provided at the first session. No book purchase is necessary for this class-- all reading assignments will be sent via either link or pdf prior to each session.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
All student work will be formally assessed and graded with written comments for maximum understanding and growth.  Student work will always be returned in a timely manner prior to the next class so students will be able to absorb information to benefit their work and progress on the upcoming assignments. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Possible essays for use in this class include: Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard, How I Wrote the Moth Essay--and Why by Annie Dillard, The Miss Dennis School of Writing by Alice Steinbach, Joyas Voladoras by Brian Doyle, Bracken County, Northern Kentucky by Grace Welte, In Case You Ever Want to Go Home Again by Barbara Kingsolver, Orange Crush by Yiyuan Li, The Sanctuary of School by Lynda Barry.  All of these essays are aimed at sophisticated readers, special note for The Sanctuary of School by Lynda Barry which is based on on the subject of child neglect.  Sensitive questions that may arise from the issues presented will be explained as literary devices essential to the overall understanding and  meaning of the essay. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me.
The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition by Thomas Cooley 8th Edition
One Hundred Great Essays ed by Robert DiYanni
Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer
Sentence Composing for College by Don Killgallon
Sentence Composing for High School by Don Killgallon


Cindy Frank
Lives in the United States
Former High School Literature and Art History Teacher, Speech and Debate Coach
481 total reviews
499 completed classes

About Me

Hello, Everyone, I'm Cindy Frank!

*Classes limited to 6 students--all have a voice in the classroom
*Each session a full 55 minutes of teaching time
*Extensive and detailed comments on all homework assignments
*All classes are ESL friendly, CEFR... 
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