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Help your middle school student discover and master how to write essays, how to narrow and brainstorm ideas well, and the best ways to practice short essay writing. Take the 7/8-4 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special Notes: This course, a continuation of the Simplified Writing series for 7/8 students, is scheduled during three time slots in the spring semester.

This is the third of a 4-part series. Continue with the MS 7/8 series for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Mondays, 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

January 11 to March 1, 2021

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Simplified Writing for Middle School 2: Introduction to Essays & Papers I (MS 7/8-2) or written permission from the instructor.

Suggested Grade Level: 8th or accelerated 7th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Follow with 7/8-4 for a full semester credit.

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 8 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructors: Robin Conley, MFA

Course Description: In this course, your student will take the skills learned in the Simplified Writing 1 and 2 courses (7/8-1 and 7/8-2) and put the knowledge and skills into practice for writing short essays, with specific feedback and coaching regarding how your student's writing can improve. Your student will go through the start-to-finish process of creating an academic essay, and attention will be given to using the correct forms and writing skills that have been gained to this point in the middle school Essentials and Simplified Writing courses.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Types of essays – an introduction to rhetoric and choosing an essay topic

  • Class 2: Narrowing topics (from last class) brainstorming content for your topic and creating the thesis statement

  • Class 3: Analyzing and improving thesis statements (from last class) creating outlines

  • Class 4: Analyzing and improving outlines (from last class) creating introductions

  • Class 5: Creating rough drafts

  • Class 6: Revising the essay

  • Class 7: Editing the essay

  • Class 8: Formatting for the academic essay an introduction to style guides

Course Materials: Word 2007 or later version. All other materials are included at this time. As new materials become available you will be notified.

Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

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Starts Starts: 1/11/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 3/1/2021 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 14 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Help your middle school student discover and master how to write essays, how to narrow and brainstorm ideas well, and the best ways to practice short essay writing. Take the 7/8-4 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special Notes: This course, a continuation of the Simplified Writing series for 7/8 students, is scheduled during three time slots in the spring semester.

This is the third of a 4-part series. Continue with the MS 7/8 series for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)

January 12 to March 2, 2021

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Simplified Writing for Middle School 2: Introduction to Essays & Papers I (MS 7/8-2) or written permission from the instructor.

Suggested Grade Level: 8th or accelerated 7th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Follow with 7/8-4 for a full semester credit.

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 8 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructors: Robin Conley, MFA

Course Description: In this course, your student will take the skills learned in the Simplified Writing 1 and 2 courses (7/8-1 and 7/8-2) and put the knowledge and skills into practice for writing short essays, with specific feedback and coaching regarding how your student's writing can improve. Your student will go through the start-to-finish process of creating an academic essay, and attention will be given to using the correct forms and writing skills that have been gained to this point in the middle school Essentials and Simplified Writing courses.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Types of essays – an introduction to rhetoric and choosing an essay topic

  • Class 2: Narrowing topics (from last class) brainstorming content for your topic and creating the thesis statement

  • Class 3: Analyzing and improving thesis statements (from last class) creating outlines

  • Class 4: Analyzing and improving outlines (from last class) creating introductions

  • Class 5: Creating rough drafts

  • Class 6: Revising the essay

  • Class 7: Editing the essay

  • Class 8: Formatting for the academic essay an introduction to style guides

Course Materials: Word 2007 or later version. All other materials are included at this time. As new materials become available you will be notified.

Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

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Starts Starts: 1/12/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 3/2/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 14 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 

Give your middle school student the mastery needed for punctuation creating strong sentences and getting rid of the most common writing mistakes. Take the 6/7-4 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special Notes: This course, a continuation of the Writing Essentials series for 6/7 students, is scheduled for three time slots in the spring semester.

This is the third of a 4-part series. Continue with the MS 6/7 series for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Tuesdays, 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

January 12 to February 23, 2021. (No class February 16)

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Writing Essentials 2: Excellent Sentence & Paragraph Writing I (MS 6/7-2) or written permission from the instructor.

Suggested Grade Level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Follow with MS 6/7-4 for a full semester credit. To make a full and complete semester of middle school writing, sign up for the 6/7-4 course that follows this course.

Fee: $89 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $109 after November 15, 2020, for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructors: Bonnie Donlon

Course Description: This is an essential writing course for all middle school students to further your middle school student’s ability and confidence to use punctuation and grammar well. Your student will learn to identify and use correct punctuation in longer passages of text, including additional work with the use of commas, semicolons and colons, and quotation marks. Special emphasis will be placed on using punctuation correctly in systems of testing, such as standardized tests, and your student’s ability to identify wrong uses of punctuation, to self-edit and make corrections easily.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Correct comma use with clauses, compound sentences, and commas vs. semicolons in lists

  • Class 2: Odd punctuation challenges with colons, semicolons, and capitalizations

  • Class 3: Correct usage of quotation marks and their surrounding punctuation

  • Class 4: Complete Sentences vs. fragments in academic work vs. Advertisements and informal writing

  • Class 5: Punctuation, capitalization, and form in formal letters

  • Class 6: Common punctuation and grammar mistakes with pronouns, questions, compound sentences, and more

Course Materials: All course materials are included free. Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents free.

Homework: Weekly quizzes, with an estimated two to three hours per week for homework outside of class time. Quizzes are graded automatically by the computer for instant feedback.

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Starts Starts: 1/12/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 2/23/2021 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 7 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Give your middle school student the mastery needed for punctuation creating strong sentences and getting rid of the most common writing mistakes. Take the 6/7-4 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special Notes: This course, a continuation of the Writing Essentials series for 6/7 students, is scheduled for three time slots in the spring semester.

This is the third of a 4-part series. Continue with the MS 6/7 series for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Tuesdays, 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central 2:00 Mountain 1:00 Pacific)

January 12 to February 23, 2021. (No class February 16)

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Writing Essentials 2: Excellent Sentence & Paragraph Writing I (MS 6/7-2) or written permission from the instructor.

Suggested Grade Level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Follow with MS 6/7-4 for a full semester credit. To make a full and complete semester of middle school writing, sign up for the 6/7-4 course that follows this course.

Fee: $89 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $109 after November 15, 2020, for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructors: Bonnie Donlon

Course Description: This is an essential writing course for all middle school students to further your middle school student’s ability and confidence to use punctuation and grammar well. Your student will learn to identify and use correct punctuation in longer passages of text, including additional work with the use of commas, semicolons and colons, and quotation marks. Special emphasis will be placed on using punctuation correctly in systems of testing, such as standardized tests, and your student’s ability to identify wrong uses of punctuation, to self-edit and make corrections easily.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Correct comma use with clauses, compound sentences, and commas vs. semicolons in lists

  • Class 2: Odd punctuation challenges with colons, semicolons, and capitalizations

  • Class 3: Correct usage of quotation marks and their surrounding punctuation

  • Class 4: Complete Sentences vs. fragments in academic work vs. Advertisements and informal writing

  • Class 5: Punctuation, capitalization, and form in formal letters

  • Class 6: Common punctuation and grammar mistakes with pronouns, questions, compound sentences, and more

Course Materials: All course materials are included free. Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents free.

Homework: Weekly quizzes, with an estimated two to three hours per week for homework outside of class time. Quizzes are graded automatically by the computer for instant feedback.

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Starts Starts: 1/12/2021 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 2/23/2021 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 25 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Master the details holding your student back from writing well and perfect the essential tools needed for excellent high school writing. Take the 9-4 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing!

Special Notes: This course is scheduled during five time slots in the spring semester. Choose the time that best fits your family’s schedule.

This is the third of a 4-part series. Continue with the HS 9 series for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Wednesdays, 1:00 PM (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

January 13 to February 24, 2021. (No class Feb. 17)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: High School Simplified Writing 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service,https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade however, all students are welcome

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Simplified Writing 2: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay (HS 9-4) for a full semester credit.

Fee: $99 on or before November 15, 2020. $119 after Nov. 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor:Nick Wilson

Course Description: Join this essential writing course for all high school students, to make sure that your student has critical high school essay writing foundations in place. Give your high school student exactly what’s needed for writing well-crafted sentences and paragraphs—including the absolute “must-have” knowledge, review, and practice for the use of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures. Learn to use transitions and connectives to make your paragraphs smooth the use of quoted material to support your ideas and the use of summary and paraphrase that’s required in all academic writing. Even if your student has learned foundational concepts before, the approach in his class is to use high school vocabulary and structures that are more complex and needed for upper-level writing. From mastering the details that are holding your student back to providing much-needed practice, help your student perfect the essential tools for high school writing with this course.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Using strong nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in well-constructed sentences

  • Class 2: Capitalization, punctuation, and using quotation marks in dialogue and academic writing prepositions and prepositional phrases

  • Class 3: Linear writing, transitions, and connectives in sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 4: Writing with summary and paraphrase

  • Class 5: Answering essay questions: structure, form, and content 1

  • Class 6: Answering essay questions: structure, form, and content 2

Course Materials: All materials are provided free with this course. Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability. Writing assignments graded by the instructor.

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Starts Starts: 1/13/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 2/24/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 5 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

Master the details holding your student back from writing well and perfect the essential tools needed for excellent high school writing. Take the 9-4 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing!

Special Notes: This course is scheduled during five time slots in the spring semester. Choose the time that best fits your family’s schedule.

This is the third of a 4-part series. Continue with the HS 9 series for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Wednesdays, 5:30 PM (4:30 Central 3:30 Mountain 2:30 Pacific)

January 13 to February 24, 2021. (No class Feb. 17)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: High School Simplified Writing 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service,https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade however, all students are welcome

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Simplified Writing 2: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay (HS 9-4) for a full semester credit.

Fee: $99 on or before November 15, 2020. $119 after Nov. 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor:Nick Wilson

Course Description: Join this essential writing course for all high school students, to make sure that your student has critical high school essay writing foundations in place. Give your high school student exactly what’s needed for writing well-crafted sentences and paragraphs—including the absolute “must-have” knowledge, review, and practice for the use of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures. Learn to use transitions and connectives to make your paragraphs smooth the use of quoted material to support your ideas and the use of summary and paraphrase that’s required in all academic writing. Even if your student has learned foundational concepts before, the approach in his class is to use high school vocabulary and structures that are more complex and needed for upper-level writing. From mastering the details that are holding your student back to providing much-needed practice, help your student perfect the essential tools for high school writing with this course.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Using strong nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in well-constructed sentences

  • Class 2: Capitalization, punctuation, and using quotation marks in dialogue and academic writing prepositions and prepositional phrases

  • Class 3: Linear writing, transitions, and connectives in sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 4: Writing with summary and paraphrase

  • Class 5: Answering essay questions: structure, form, and content 1

  • Class 6: Answering essay questions: structure, form, and content 2

Course Materials: All materials are provided free with this course. Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability. Writing assignments graded by the instructor.

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Starts Starts: 1/13/2021 5:30 PM
Ends Ends: 2/24/2021 6:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 16 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

Give your middle school student the mastery needed for punctuation creating strong sentences and getting rid of the most common writing mistakes. Take the 6/7-4 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special Notes: This course, a continuation of the Writing Essentials series for 6/7 students, is scheduled for three time slots in the spring semester.

This is the third of a 4-part series. Continue with the MS 6/7 series for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central 8:00 Mountain 7:00 Pacific)

January 13 to February 24, 2021. (No class February 17)

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Writing Essentials 2: Excellent Sentence & Paragraph Writing I (MS 6/7-2) or written permission from the instructor.

Suggested Grade Level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Follow with MS 6/7-4 for a full semester credit. To make a full and complete semester of middle school writing, sign up for the 6/7-4 course that follows this course.

Fee: $89 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $109 after November 15, 2020, for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructors: Bonnie Donlon

Course Description: This is an essential writing course for all middle school students to further your middle school student’s ability and confidence to use punctuation and grammar well. Your student will learn to identify and use correct punctuation in longer passages of text, including additional work with the use of commas, semicolons and colons, and quotation marks. Special emphasis will be placed on using punctuation correctly in systems of testing, such as standardized tests, and your student’s ability to identify wrong uses of punctuation, to self-edit and make corrections easily.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Correct comma use with clauses, compound sentences, and commas vs. semicolons in lists

  • Class 2: Odd punctuation challenges with colons, semicolons, and capitalizations

  • Class 3: Correct usage of quotation marks and their surrounding punctuation

  • Class 4: Complete Sentences vs. fragments in academic work vs. Advertisements and informal writing

  • Class 5: Punctuation, capitalization, and form in formal letters

  • Class 6: Common punctuation and grammar mistakes with pronouns, questions, compound sentences, and more

Course Materials: All course materials are included free. Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents free.

Homework: Weekly quizzes, with an estimated two to three hours per week for homework outside of class time. Quizzes are graded automatically by the computer for instant feedback.

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Starts Starts: 1/13/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 2/24/2021 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 13 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

When you join this hands-on, high-interest creative writing course, you’ll learn exceptional fiction and literature must-haves and writing know-how for Theme, Style, & Point of View Conflict & Creating the Breakout Novel and Writing the Short Story and learn how to transfer those skills into all of your writing! Part 2 of 2.

Special Notes: This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear if there are open seats and they have met the minimum prerequisites.

Students are encouraged to take The Hero’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers or Screenwriting at the same time as the series courses or following the series courses.

Total Classes: 12

Starting Time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)

Class Dates: Thursdays, January 14 to April 15, 2020. (No class Feb. 25 or April 1)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required for high school students: Writing Essentials 1: Essential Punctuation & Grammar I (HS 9-1). Recommended for high school students: High School Simplified Writing 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2).

Required for middle school students: the complete 6/7 and 7/8 series of courses.

Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service,https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: 11th grade however, all students are welcome

Suggested Credit: 1 full semester Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, or English

Fee: $237 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $257 after Nov. 18 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Robin Conley, MFA

Course Description: “What makes great fiction? And how can I use fiction writing to make all of my writing dynamic, interesting, and strong?” In this course (the second of two successive courses), you’ll learn what makes excellent fiction writing and hone your writing skills through the elements and writing techniques of excellent story. Whether you want to write a novel or want to be a dynamic, successful writer in all that you do learning the elements of theme, writing style, point of view, creating conflict, and “what makes a short story great” allows you to write exceptionally well, raise your written communication skills, become skilled in the elements of literary analysis, and be fully prepared for college and beyond.

Course Outline:

Theme, Style, & Point of View

In the first 4 weeks, the student learns how to create dynamic theme, style, and point of view for fiction books of any genre for middle grade, young adult, and adult plots.

  • Class 1: What is theme and how to use it in your book

  • Class 2: What is style and how to develop your own style

  • Class 3: Point of view

  • Class 4: Integrating theme, style, and point of view to create a dynamic story

Conflict & Creating the Breakout Novel

In the next four weeks, students learn how to create conflict that drives any story forward as well as how to implement the Christian worldview into story conflict.

  • Class 5: What makes a great novel and “stakes” (personal and universal)

  • Class 6: Conflict in the setting, characters, and plot

  • Class 7: Playing the “what if” game: making your character do the unthinkable

  • Class 8: Cliffhangers, self-sacrifice, and turning points

Writing the Short Story

The final four weeks answers, “What makes a short story?” Using famous short stories and dynamic how-to content, students learn how to write a dynamic, publishable short story—including developing ideas for short stories, the similarities and differences between short stories and full-length book writing, and marketing short stories to publications.

  • Class 9: Defining short stories: micro fiction, flash fiction, short stories, novelettes, and novella

  • Class 10: Characteristics of dynamic, saleable short stories

  • Class 11: Brainstorming, outlining, and forming your short story

  • Class 12: Who buys and publishes short stories? Short story markets and sales

Course Materials: All materials are provided FREE in the course. Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: Weekly writing assignments with direct feedback from Ms. Conley, with an estimated three to four hours per week for homework outside of class time that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

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Starts Starts: 1/14/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 4/15/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 8 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Master the details holding your student back from writing well and perfect the essential tools needed for excellent high school writing. Take the 9-4 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing!

Special Notes: This course is scheduled during five time slots in the spring semester. Choose the time that best fits your family’s schedule.

This is the third of a 4-part series. Continue with the HS 9 series for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Thursdays, 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central 8:00 Mountain 7:00 Pacific)

January 14 to February 25, 2021. (No class Feb. 18)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: High School Simplified Writing 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service,https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade however, all students are welcome

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Simplified Writing 2: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay (HS 9-4) for a full semester credit.

Fee: $99 on or before November 15, 2020. $119 after Nov. 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor:Nick Wilson

Course Description: Join this essential writing course for all high school students, to make sure that your student has critical high school essay writing foundations in place. Give your high school student exactly what’s needed for writing well-crafted sentences and paragraphs—including the absolute “must-have” knowledge, review, and practice for the use of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures. Learn to use transitions and connectives to make your paragraphs smooth the use of quoted material to support your ideas and the use of summary and paraphrase that’s required in all academic writing. Even if your student has learned foundational concepts before, the approach in his class is to use high school vocabulary and structures that are more complex and needed for upper-level writing. From mastering the details that are holding your student back to providing much-needed practice, help your student perfect the essential tools for high school writing with this course.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Using strong nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in well-constructed sentences

  • Class 2: Capitalization, punctuation, and using quotation marks in dialogue and academic writing prepositions and prepositional phrases

  • Class 3: Linear writing, transitions, and connectives in sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 4: Writing with summary and paraphrase

  • Class 5: Answering essay questions: structure, form, and content 1

  • Class 6: Answering essay questions: structure, form, and content 2

Course Materials: All materials are provided free with this course. Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability. Writing assignments graded by the instructor.

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Starts Starts: 1/14/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 2/25/2021 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 5 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

Headed to college? Take this must-have course to master the skills of essay writing for tests in a timed setting-  and be completely prepared for college-level essay tests.

Special note: This course only takes 12 students so make sure to register early.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates: Thursdays, January 14 to March 4, 2021

Starting Time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central 2:00 Mountain 1:00 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: One full semester Writing or English

Fee: $187 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $207 after Nov. 15 for all 8 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA (aka author EB Conroy)

Course Description: Master in-class essay tests with this how-to course with practical, prescriptive, clear direction on how to decipher a prompt, think and process the instructions clearly, quickly brainstorm an answer, and write an essay in a linear narrative format with few errors to “show the teacher what you know” with style. Learn essay writing secrets from Professor Brown’s 20 years of college-level teaching and college writing course curriculum development at three universities. Come prepared to write and to enjoy writing!

Course Outline:

  • Class 1:  The Timed Essay Writing Process: The Goal of an Essay, Types of Essays, and What’s So Special About Timed Essays?

  • Class 2: Analyzing and Using the Prompt: The Set-Up, Question, and Action

  • Class 3: Analyzing and Using the Prompt: Using Keywords and “Diamond Words”

  • Class 4: The Writing Process: Brainstorming with “The Big 10” When You Have to Work Fast (How to Brainstorm Quality Content)

  • Class 5: The Writing Process: Arranging and Ordering Content for Clarity and Power

  • Class 6: Writing Essays about Course Content (texts, readings, class materials, and experiences) Tips on Studying and Remembering Content for Essay Questions

  • Class 7: Writing Essays About (and With) New Ideas: Synthesis

  • Class 8: Must-Do Essay Tips for Success

Course Materials: All materials are provided FREE by the instructor. Students must have the ability to turn in assignments in Microsoft Word format (either through purchasing Word or using Google Docs or another format, then downloading the document into Word format before uploading it into the grading system).

Homework: Written assignments are given each week. The average weekly time estimate for homework (including both brainstorming and writing time) is two to five hours, depending on the student’s abilities.

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Starts Starts: 1/14/2021 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 3/4/2021 4:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Help your middle school student discover and master how to write essays, how to narrow and brainstorm ideas well, and the best ways to practice short essay writing. Take the 7/8-4 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special Notes: This course, a continuation of the Simplified Writing series for 7/8 students, is scheduled during three time slots in the spring semester.

This is the third of a 4-part series. Continue with the MS 7/8 series for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Thursdays, 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central 8:00 Mountain 7:00 Pacific)

January 14 to March 4, 2021

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Simplified Writing for Middle School 2: Introduction to Essays & Papers I (MS 7/8-2) or written permission from the instructor.

Suggested Grade Level: 8th or accelerated 7th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Follow with 7/8-4 for a full semester credit.

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 8 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructors: Robin Conley, MFA

Course Description: In this course, your student will take the skills learned in the Simplified Writing 1 and 2 courses (7/8-1 and 7/8-2) and put the knowledge and skills into practice for writing short essays, with specific feedback and coaching regarding how your student's writing can improve. Your student will go through the start-to-finish process of creating an academic essay, and attention will be given to using the correct forms and writing skills that have been gained to this point in the middle school Essentials and Simplified Writing courses.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Types of essays – an introduction to rhetoric and choosing an essay topic

  • Class 2: Narrowing topics (from last class) brainstorming content for your topic and creating the thesis statement

  • Class 3: Analyzing and improving thesis statements (from last class) creating outlines

  • Class 4: Analyzing and improving outlines (from last class) creating introductions

  • Class 5: Creating rough drafts

  • Class 6: Revising the essay

  • Class 7: Editing the essay

  • Class 8: Formatting for the academic essay an introduction to style guides

Course Materials: Word 2007 or later version. All other materials are included at this time. As new materials become available you will be notified.

Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

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Starts Starts: 1/14/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 3/4/2021 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Join this course to master over 350 more words from critical ACT, SAT, and Advanced Placement writing (AP and make your writing strong! After completing (or while taking) the 9-Series courses, all high school students are welcome! Part 2 of 2.

Special Notes: This course is scheduled during three time slots in the spring semester.

This is Part Two of a two-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear if there are open seats and they have the prerequisite.

Total Classes: 14

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Fridays, 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)

January 15 to May 7, 2021. (No class Jan. 29, Feb. 19, or April 2)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: Writing Essentials 1: Essential Punctuation & Grammar I (HS 9-1). Recommended: High School Simplified Writing 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). It is preferred that students take Vocabulary & Writing Part One first, but it is not required. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service, https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade however, all students are welcome.

Suggested Credit: One full semester Vocabulary & Writing, Writing, or English

Fee: $197 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $217 after Nov. 15 for all 14 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD

Course Description: In this course (the second of two successive courses), understand and use all of the upper-level vocabulary words related to writing needed for high school advanced writing, Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition courses, the ACT and SAT, advanced writing courses, and all of college writing—and an introduction of concepts associated with the terms. Over 350 words will be learned and practiced this semester. Course work will be simple yet critical for your student’s future success. Because vocabulary is the #1 indicator of success on college entrance testing, if you want your student to not only score well on testing but also be able to be prepared for college writing and vocabulary, this course is for you.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Persuasion Sources, Citations, & Plagiarism

  • Class 2: Research

  • Class 3: Critical Reading Literary Forms & Genres I

  • Class 4: Literary Forms & Genres II

  • Class 5: Themes in Writing

  • Class 6: Rhetoric & Literary Techniques

  • Class 7: Rhetoric, Figures of Speech, & Devices I

  • Class 8: Rhetoric, Figures of Speech, & Devices II

  • Class 9: Narration Dissecting Passages of Text I

  • Class 10: Description Dissecting Passages of Text II

  • Class 11: Illustration, Exemplification, & Highly Effective Essays

  • Class 12: Comparison & Contrast in Writing

  • Class 13: Process Analysis & Context

  • Class 14: Division & Classification Writing Cogent, Organized Essays I

Course Materials: Word 2007 or later version. Required Book: EB Conroy’s Simplified Vocabulary Guide may be ordered at http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000430970/EB-Conroys-Simplified-Vocabulary-Guide.aspx or http://amzn.to/2FKGXDC. Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: Studying for tests on the vocabulary words, for easy identification and use. Students will take weekly in-system quizzes and complete weekly writing assignments using the new vocabulary. Assignments are graded by the instructor.

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Ends Ends: 4/30/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 14
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