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Writing for High School

This class shows students how to be skilled writers by introducing the six traits of writing: ideas, voice, word choice, organization, sentence fluency, and conventions.
Amanda MacLean
24 total reviews for this teacher
7 reviews for this class
Completed by 76 learners
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Class Experience

Students will learn how to write essays by studying the six traits of writing: Ideas, Organization, Sentence Fluency, Word Choice, Voice, and Conventions. The focus will be on argumentative or persuasive essay writing and informational essay writing.
Students will complete a 4-5 paragraph essay which they will work on in stages over the 7 weeks they spend in class. 
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Students writing essays will receive feedback guided by a rubric that follows the six traits. Each area of the rubric will have a specific checklist that students can use to see if they are exceeding, meeting, or approaching proficiency in that specific skill.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be asked to do research on their own to write their papers. Please guide your young person as they navigate through the internet, being mindful of sensitive topics they may run into as they use search engines and follow links in their search for information.
The following website gives a good overview of the Six Traits of Writing:


Amanda MacLean
Lives in the United States
Certified English Language Arts Teacher
24 total reviews
29 completed classes

About Me

I am passionate about writing, good communication, and helping people learn. I graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in English and a minor in Linguistics. I spent my college years volunteering for a youth organization... 
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