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Write an Informational Essay About Minecraft With Me

In this 3-week course, students will use their love of Minecraft to learn how to write an informational essay through an interactive and hands-on approach.
Erica Sirratt
239 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 3 learners
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year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$13 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 3 weeks
45 minutes per class

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Not an official Minecraft product. Not approved or associated with Mojang.


Class Experience

I have a bachelor's degree in writing and journalism. I have worked as a journalist and freelance writer for several years. In college, one of the areas I focused on was teaching academic writing. I have education and experience in academic writing and creative writing.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will be encouraged to submit their essays for private, in-depth feedback. Feedback consists of three to four things the student did well with the essay and three to four ways to improve the essay with examples.

Sample feedback:

"Student, this first draft of your essay is a great start!
Great things about this essay:
1.	Attention getter: You started with a question that immediately let me know the topic. 
2.	You stayed on topic throughout the essay. 
3.	In the end, you wrapped up your essay with a conclusion that re-stated your topic, just like we discussed in class.
4.	Your topic was interesting and addressed different aspects of this topic. I could tell you did your research.

Things to consider during revision:
1.	When writing the thesis statement/topic sentence, try and avoid using “I will be talking about” or other similar phrasing. Thesis statements can be hard to write. Starting your thesis with “although” and then introducing the areas you’re going to write about is a simple way to write a thesis. Specific topic + points = thesis statement. Topic + opinion + reasons = Thesis statement.  Possible thesis: (insert sentence). Another possible thesis: (insert sentence)
2.	When first learning essays, we’re taught to have three main points to make up our three paragraphs. It’s time to branch out from that thinking and this essay shows you’re up for the challenge. Paragraph three mentioning the minor traditions feels a little forced, like you were struggling to come up with the third point. The information is important, but I think some shuffling around would bring the essay to the next level. I think this essay would work great if broken up into the two main topics, X and X. Then, in the explanation of the two traditions, mention what current traditions we draw from them.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Erica Sirratt
Lives in the United States
Writing and Reading Can Be Fun
239 total reviews
334 completed classes

About Me

I have a lot of passions in life, but two of my biggest passions are reading and writing. One of my main goals is to create a love of literature. If a student can read well, the possibilities of what they can learn are endless. I believe that... 
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