Begins August 19 and ends May 12
ABOUT THIS CLASS
Textbook: Includes Essentials in Writing Level 9 textbook (shipped upon enrollment)
Video: Includes online video access to Level 9 and access to weekly live classes
Class Times: Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1:30 CST
August 19 – May 12
- Final Exam scheduled at the end of the semester.
- All major holidays and common school breaks are observed.
- Class times follow CST (Central Standard Time). Time changes are observed.
- Any dates and/or times are subject to change.
Registration Fee: $167 charged at the time of enrollment
Monthly Tuition: $47 per month (September 10 to May 10)
Student placement: Any student may register for this course; however, it is best suited for students in grades 9-12 who struggle with writing.
Course Overview: This class is devoted to help the struggling high school writer. Focusing on a systematic approach to composition, Mr. Stephens walks students step-by-step through the writing process, slowly building an understanding of not only the process to follow in order to write successfully but also what is required to produce quality academic compositions for a variety of genres including descriptive, expository, and persuasive writing.
Compositions: The course will focus on the following types of writing. This is not a comprehensive list but rather the basics from which to build the foundations of writing.
- Sentence Structures, Formal Paragraphs, and Essays
- Descriptive Writing
- Expository Writing
- Persuasive Writing
Class Itinerary: The semester begins with 4 weeks of sentence structure, followed by 8 or more weeks of paragraph writing. Once a strong foundation for following the writing process is established in addition to a clear understanding of paragraph structure, students will move into essay writing for the remainder of the year. Please note, this class will NOT complete a research paper. The course will require daily online interactions between the student and teacher through email conversations where small written assignments are submitted in an email thread. As students progress, daily email interaction will diminish. The class is designed to use the required textbook (included) as a guide throughout the class. There will be one daily interaction between the student and teacher. Students will work to improve their writing by building each composition step-by-step. Students will be required to turn in daily mini-assignments. At the beginning of the year, each daily mini-assignment takes 10-15 minutes. Later in the year, when working with essays, each daily mini-assignment takes approximately 30 minutes. A mid-term test covers paragraphs, and a final exam at the end of the semester covers essays.
Credits: 1 English Credit consists of writing and literary analysis. If the student is completing Essentials in Literature (or other comparable literary study), this writing course will make up the other half of the English Credit.
- Student will need an up-to-date computer or laptop that can access the internet.
- Students will need an email address to send completed assignments through email.
- Essentials in Writing is not responsible for technology support.
- If students fail to complete daily assignments, parents will be notified to withdraw their student from the class.
- Attend one hour-long virtual classroom lesson online once per week.
- Watch Essentials in Writing Level 9 instructional videos (provided) and complete each daily mini-assignment.
- Be prepared and plan accordingly to complete daily mini-assignments.
- The instructor will provide daily feedback for each step of the writing process of each composition through email correspondence. As students progress, daily feedback will diminish to 2-3 times per week.
- The instructor will grade and return all work in a timely manner.
- The instructor will be available by email for questions. Although the educator will grade and return the work, the family may choose the final grade based on a variable of their choice.
$47 per month(September 10 to May 10)
or, order by phone
Call (417) 256-4191
Meet the Teacher
Mr. Matthew Stephens
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
- Master of Science in Educational Administration
- Master of Music in Choral Conducting
- Certified in teaching Elementary Education
- Certified in Middle School and High School English