This live online English class for upper middle school and early high school introduces students to literary analysis and academic writing. It is excellent preparation for future AP classes, such as AP English or AP History where academic writing is required.
Students have opinions— I want them to be able to express these opinions in writing in a way that is clear and understandable to the reader. My goal is to motivate students using engaging literature and class discussions as agents to help formulate arguments. Then we learn the standards for academic writing, which allow students to communicate their ideas persuasively.
There are ten modules in this class – nine associated to the novels we read and analyze. Homework assignments are posted on the classroom site on Mondays to be submitted by end of week on Friday. Typical weekly assignments include the following: readings of text and supplemental materials, defining literary and/or vocabulary terms associated to readings, and some type of writing assignment due each week with a major essay due at the end of each month. Class recordings are posted on Fridays.
Who should enroll?
This class is for 8th—10th grades who want to develop the necessary skills and competencies for academic writing and the writing process. (Older/younger students should contact the instructor.)
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
I provide extensive comments on all submitted essays. We work toward having responses with fully developed thesis statements, topic sentences that are related to and supporting points of the thesis, properly cited evidence from the text with appropriate commentary to ensure understanding by the reader, integration and discussion of literary elements/devices, and evaluation of author craft. I send out a mid-year evaluation and end of year evaluation with additional parent communication as needed.
Parents do not need to contact me before registering for the class. You will receive a response from me within 24 hours.