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Writing Essays Summer Camp (New Type of Essay Each Week)

Lisa Rohloff
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Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(329)
In this ongoing class, students meet 3 times a week to plan, outline, and write an essay.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Intermediate Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Students will learn about the structure of an essay, outlining, researching, writing good sentences and paragraphs, grammar, punctuation, and editing. They will also gain confidence in their own ability to write and share their work with others (which is always optional).
I love working with kids! I have 15 years of teaching experience, and I have taught in both traditional school settings and as a homeschool parent. I am passionate about helping kids at all levels of their reading and writing journey. It's so exciting when I see a student gain confidence as a reader/writer or when I can help a young aspiring writer achieve their dreams.

My writing experience includes writing copy for marketing materials, ghost writing for corporate executives, technical writing, writing newspaper articles, and writing instructions for digital technology applications. Managing a corporate internal newsletter was one of my favorite projects. I created the newsletter design, interviewed and wrote articles about team members, and managed the editing and submission process for all the contributors. As a hobby, I love to write short stories, poetry, and songs. I can't imagine my life without writing.

My education includes a Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication (MSTPC) and a BA in Communications. Because I have completed 2 years of my BA and all of my MS classes online, I am skilled with the various aspects of online learning. I love using what I have learned to help kids become better at reading and writing.
Homework Offered
Each week, students will have an essay to write. Some weeks there will be more homework than others, depending on the type of essay we are working on. For example, the week we do an expository essay, students will need to do some research on a topic, so this might take them a littler longer than essays where no research is needed. There will be a short (about 15-minute) grammar lesson on the third day of the week. There may be a small amount of homework from this if kids don't finish in class. This lesson is designed to be short and with minimal homework (up to 15-minutes of homework).
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
After students turn their essay in to me, I will send them written feedback that includes what they did well and any suggestions I have for improvement or other classes that might benefit them.
Grades Offered
Class is designed to work well for all kids, including those with unique learning needs. 
Students should be able to read and write English at a 5th grade level or higher to be successful in this class.
Pencil and paper, Word, Google Docs, or Apple Pages can be use to write the essays. Students only need one of these word processing tools (or they can handwrite). Occasionally, I'll add worksheets to the Outschool classroom. Worksheets can be printed out, filled out electronically, or opened on the screen and answers written/typed on a separate page. I will have kids handwrite their rough draft and type the final copy, so they will need paper and pencil/pen as well as a tool for typing.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students can use any of the following to write their essays:
Microsoft Word
Google Docs
Apple Pages

During some weeks, kids will need to find an online or hard copy source to support the points in their essay.
Students will need to do some research on certain weeks, so they'll need to find resources to support their topic. During some weeks there will be worksheets and these will be posted in Outschool prior to the start of class.
Star Educator
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(329)
I love working with kids! I have 15 years of teaching experience and have taught in traditional school settings, online, and as a homeschool parent. I'm passionate about helping kids at all levels of their reading and writing journeys. I feel... 
Group Class


weekly ($9 per class)
3x per week
45 min

Completed by 182 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-14
3-9 learners per class

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