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Join this philosophy and theology course for young men and women that explores the beauty in creation, humanity, art, and God’s masterwork in each of us. Learn how the expression of true beauty brings us closer to God.

Total Classes: 6

Date: Thursdays, February 25 to April 8, 2021. (No class April 1)

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

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade 

Suggested Credit: 1/2 semester Philosophy or Theology. For a full semester, register for another philosophy or theology course.

Instructor: Bill Donaghy

Fee: $97 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $117 if you register 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.)

Course Description: The last four popes have made explicit reference to the aspect of Beauty as a path leading to God for the modern heart. This course will take up that invitation made most recently by Pope Francis himself who wrote, "Every form of catechesis would do well to attend to the 'way of beauty’… Every expression of true beauty can thus be acknowledged as a path leading to an encounter with the Lord Jesus.” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 167) Mr. Donaghy will accompany students in walking this Way of Beauty, proposing the necessity of cultivating a contemplative gaze on the beauty of reality (creation and the human person) as the “arrowhead of evangelization” for modern today. Through lecture, guided meditation and instruction on the varied beauty of creation, and human endeavors to capture and convey the Beautiful through a variety of artistic works, we will culminate in the beauty of the human person, God’s masterwork, through the light of St. John Paul II’s theology of the body. 

Course Outline:

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing… to find the place where all the beauty came from...” - C.S. Lewis

  • Week 1: The Lost Art of Wonder

An introduction to the art of being human a creature created for its own sake and invited to “choose the better part”: contemplation of the Divine Beauty of God in the world.

  • Week 2: Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord

A lecture on the sacramentality of creation and the nurturing of a sacramental vision of reality.

  • Week 3: A Terrible Beauty is Born

A reflection on the attraction and distraction of visible beauty the challenge of seeing things as icons of the Infinite or idols grasped in the moment. Prudence, wonder, reverence, stewardship.

  • Week 4: The “End” of Beauty

A lecture on the power and purpose of eros on the Way of Beauty integration, sublimation, transformation. Cf. St. John Paul II’s TOB audiences, etc., and Pope Benedict XVI’s works.

  • Week 5: The Apologetics of Beauty and the Art of Accompaniment

Entering the Great Conversation. How a heart and head knowledge of great art and literature allows us to tap into the deepest questions of humanity throughout the ages.

  • Week 6: The Beauty of Holiness: How Beauty Will Save the World

Reflecting on Beauty and the saints as an "arrowhead of Evangelization.” The Beauty of prayer and the spiritual life, liturgy and the discernment of vocation.

Course Materials: 

  1. Leisure Basis of Culture, Josef Pieper. Publisher: St. Augustine's Press 1 edition (1707) ASIN: B01182H6WS

  2. Letter to Artists, St. John Paul II. https://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/letters/1999/ documents/hf_jp-ii_let_23041999_artists.html

  3. Various other readings (provided free online or as PDF files) from C.S. Lewis’s The Weight of Glory, Tolkien’s Silmarillion, Fr. Thomas Dubay, Von Balthasar’s Heart of the World, etc.

Homework: 

  1. Assigned readings and short essay assessments will be given

  2. Lectio Divina style reflections on assigned poems, video pieces, sacred art, and literature will be given. (The theological substance and philosophical vocabulary of our study of Beauty is expected to be applied)

  3. A project “Appreciating a Masterpiece” will be assigned or a comparative creation of a work of Beauty will be assigned, either musical, literary or visual (painting, sculpture)

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Starts Starts: 2/25/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 4/8/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 29 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Get the writing edge and go beyond writing standard essays help your student understand and master the secrets of advanced essay writing with this course. Take the 9-3 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 fourth of a 4-part series, which provides a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

March 1 to April 26, 2021. (No class March 29)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in Unlimited Access. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service, https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: This critical course is open to all students who have the prerequisites complete, no matter the grade level. What are the top skills of essay writing? How can you write an essay in a way that goes beyond the basics—to create a clear, crisp, dynamic piece of writing? This course will show you how. Because the content of this course is foundational for all high school essay writing that students will encounter in high school and beyond, it is highly suggested that students enroll in this course.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 2 for a full semester.

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:  Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD 

Course Description: The Five-Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay writing for years and in this course, your student will understand and practice writing essays in the Five-Paragraph Essay form and go beyond the typical form to learning what makes an essay exceptional. Students will craft essay assignments and practice becoming comfortable with thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be paid to how to write essays that capture the attention and flow from beginning to end, with meaning.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where you’ll write them

  • Class 2: The traditional five-paragraph essay

  • Class 3: What makes an essay great? Research an essay and brainstorming with the “then what?” question taking your thoughts “to the end of the line”

  • Class 4: What makes an essay great? Writing an essay and examples and analysis of form, parallelism, and rhythm

  • Class 5: What makes an essay great? Transitional tricks, answering the reader’s questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending

  • Class 6: What makes an essay great? Storytelling and creative elements

  • Class 7: What makes an essay great? Analyzing three essays

  • Class 8: Revising and editing your essays

Course Materials: All course materials are provided 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: Students will have 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: 3/1/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 4/26/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Get the writing edge and go beyond writing standard essays help your student understand and master the secrets of advanced essay writing with this course. Take the 9-3 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 fourth of a 4-part series, which provides a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

March 1 to April 26, 2021. (No class March 29)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in Unlimited Access. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service,https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: This critical course is open to all students who have the prerequisites complete, no matter the grade level. What are the top skills of essay writing? How can you write an essay in a way that goes beyond the basics—to create a clear, crisp, dynamic piece of writing? This course will show you how. Because the content of this course is foundational for all high school essay writing that students will encounter in high school and beyond, it is highly suggested that students enroll in this course.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 2 for a full semester.

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: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD

Course Description: The Five-Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay writing for years and in this course, your student will understand and practice writing essays in the Five-Paragraph Essay form and go beyond the typical form to learning what makes an essay exceptional. Students will craft essay assignments and practice becoming comfortable with thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be paid to how to write essays that capture the attention and flow from beginning to end, with meaning.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where you’ll write them

  • Class 2: The traditional five-paragraph essay

  • Class 3: What makes an essay great? Research an essay and brainstorming with the “then what?” question taking your thoughts “to the end of the line”

  • Class 4: What makes an essay great? Writing an essay and examples and analysis of form, parallelism, and rhythm

  • Class 5: What makes an essay great? Transitional tricks, answering the reader’s questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending

  • Class 6: What makes an essay great? Storytelling and creative elements

  • Class 7: What makes an essay great? Analyzing three essays

  • Class 8: Revising and editing your essays

Course Materials: All course materials are provided 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: Students will have 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: 3/1/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/26/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Get the writing edge and go beyond writing standard essays help your student understand and master the secrets of advanced essay writing with this course. Take the 9-3 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 fourth of a 4-part series, which provides 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)

March 1 to April 26, 2021. (No class March 29)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in Unlimited Access. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service,https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: This critical course is open to all students who have the prerequisites complete, no matter the grade level. What are the top skills of essay writing? How can you write an essay in a way that goes beyond the basics—to create a clear, crisp, dynamic piece of writing? This course will show you how. Because the content of this course is foundational for all high school essay writing that students will encounter in high school and beyond, it is highly suggested that students enroll in this course.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 2 for a full semester.

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: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD

Course Description: The Five-Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay writing for years and in this course, your student will understand and practice writing essays in the Five-Paragraph Essay form and go beyond the typical form to learning what makes an essay exceptional. Students will craft essay assignments and practice becoming comfortable with thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be paid to how to write essays that capture the attention and flow from beginning to end, with meaning.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where you’ll write them

  • Class 2: The traditional five-paragraph essay

  • Class 3: What makes an essay great? Research an essay and brainstorming with the “then what?” question taking your thoughts “to the end of the line”

  • Class 4: What makes an essay great? Writing an essay and examples and analysis of form, parallelism, and rhythm

  • Class 5: What makes an essay great? Transitional tricks, answering the reader’s questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending

  • Class 6: What makes an essay great? Storytelling and creative elements

  • Class 7: What makes an essay great? Analyzing three essays

  • Class 8: Revising and editing your essays

Course Materials: All course materials are provided 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: Students will have 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: 3/1/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/26/2021 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Using the styles of comedy in literature and spoken form, practice and hone your comedy writing skills with hands-on writing projects to become a better writer.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates: Tuesdays from March 2 to April 27, 2021. No class March 30 for Holy Week.

Starting Time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Comedy Writing: Comedy and Humor in Literature and Life, Part One (HS X-17)

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: One semester Comedy Writing, Creative Writing, or English

Fee: $157 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $177 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: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: Become a great writer as you expand beyond the traditional writing course. Get hands-on writing practice using comedy as a springboard for perfecting your writing skills. In an interesting yet challenging way, this course takes the forms, methods, and genres of comedy learned in Part 1 to help you become a better writer. Continue to explore comedy in literature, short forms, sketches, stand up, satire, and more in this enjoyable and practical course for all writing students. Learn how comedy and humor can enrich all academic and creative writing. If you want to extend your writing skills in an enjoyable, practical course (with English, literature, and writing credit), then this is the course for you!

Course Outline:

  • Week 1: In the steps of Literary Humorists: Analyzing and practicing in the form and style of literary giants (Mark Twain, Dave Barry, and more), learning how the writer uses his/her particular talents and skillset to make people laugh, choosing one famous person and writing a humorous story for silent reading in his/her style (quiz, reading/examples, assignment rough draft is turned in).

  • Week 2: Feedback on Assignment 1 Rough Drafts analyzing the characteristics, styles, and tips for improving your own writing

  • Week 3: Final Draft of Assignment 1 Due presenting our writing/humorous work in-class

  • Week 4: In the steps of the Writers of Spoken Comedy (sketches and standup): analyzing and practicing in the form and style learning how to write for an audience who will be listening/for a “live” performance (quiz, reading/examples, assignment is a rough draft).

  • Week 5: Feedback on Assignment 2 Rough Drafts analyzing the characteristics, styles, and tips for improving your own writing

  • Week 6: Final Draft of Assignment 2 Due presenting our writing/humorous work in-class

  • Week 7: Writing for Public Speaking and Personal Communications: We will write a speech that could be delivered in a “live” setting (awards, after-dinner speeches, commencement addresses, business presentations, business pitches, and more) learning how to verbally present what’s written with pacing, body language, pitch/tone/inflection, and more.

  • Week 8: Editing and Finalizing your Work final presentations!

Course Materials: PDF’s and links to material are provided free by the instructor.

All documents are turned in as Microsoft Word documents. 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: Students will complete three (3) writing projects. There is an estimated two to three hours of homework/coursework per week outside of attending the live class.

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Starts Starts: 3/2/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/27/2021 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Do you want your student to excel in ALL of learning? Then join this FREE key course and learn the must-have, how-to skills to help your student in every course including how to take notes, how to listen and read actively for higher comprehension, how to effectively take tests in a timed setting, and more.

Special Notes:Homeschool Connections offers this course free as it lays a foundation of study skills to help students be successful in all of their school courses. Get ready for the school year now and register for this vital four-week course

Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered four times over the summer. Choose the dates and times that work best for your family.

Total Classes: 4

Class Dates and Times:

Tuesdays, March 2 to March 23, 2021

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

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 7th to 11th grade

Fee: FREE

Instructor: Lisa Mladinich

Course Description: In this course, your student can gain the absolute must-have expertise to become strong, confident, and able to study for any high school level course with success. Learn how to listen and comprehend more how to effectively take notes how to read a text for its key ideas how to study for tests how to approach textbooks in a way that cuts study time in half how to more effectively comprehend what you read and hear and what you need to do, to score well on tests. This four-session course is absolutely FREE so give your student what’s needed to succeed!

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Active listening and how to take notes effectively

  • Class 2: Active reading and how to study effectively

  • Class 3: Critical reading skills for comprehension

  • Class 4: Test-taking in a timed setting

Course Materials: All materials are provided free from the instructor.

Homework: This is a lecture course with approximately 2 hours of work per class (reading and automated quizzes).

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Starts Starts: 3/2/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 3/23/2021 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 60 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Get the writing edge and go beyond writing standard essays help your student understand and master the secrets of advanced essay writing with this course. Take the 9-3 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 fourth of a 4-part series, which provides a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

March 3 to April 28, 2021. (No class March 31)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in Unlimited Access. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service,https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: This critical course is open to all students who have the prerequisites complete, no matter the grade level. What are the top skills of essay writing? How can you write an essay in a way that goes beyond the basics—to create a clear, crisp, dynamic piece of writing? This course will show you how. Because the content of this course is foundational for all high school essay writing that students will encounter in high school and beyond, it is highly suggested that students enroll in this course.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 2 for a full semester.

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: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD

Course Description: The Five-Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay writing for years and in this course, your student will understand and practice writing essays in the Five-Paragraph Essay form and go beyond the typical form to learning what makes an essay exceptional. Students will craft essay assignments and practice becoming comfortable with thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be paid to how to write essays that capture the attention and flow from beginning to end, with meaning.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where you’ll write them

  • Class 2: The traditional five-paragraph essay

  • Class 3: What makes an essay great? Research an essay and brainstorming with the “then what?” question taking your thoughts “to the end of the line”

  • Class 4: What makes an essay great? Writing an essay and examples and analysis of form, parallelism, and rhythm

  • Class 5: What makes an essay great? Transitional tricks, answering the reader’s questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending

  • Class 6: What makes an essay great? Storytelling and creative elements

  • Class 7: What makes an essay great? Analyzing three essays

  • Class 8: Revising and editing your essays

Course Materials: All course materials are provided 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: Students will have 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: 3/3/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/28/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Get the writing edge and go beyond writing standard essays help your student understand and master the secrets of advanced essay writing with this course. Take the 9-3 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 fourth of a 4-part series, which provides a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

March 3 to April 28, 2021. (No class March 31)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in Unlimited Access. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service,https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: This critical course is open to all students who have the prerequisites complete, no matter the grade level. What are the top skills of essay writing? How can you write an essay in a way that goes beyond the basics—to create a clear, crisp, dynamic piece of writing? This course will show you how. Because the content of this course is foundational for all high school essay writing that students will encounter in high school and beyond, it is highly suggested that students enroll in this course.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 2 for a full semester.

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: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD

Course Description: The Five-Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay writing for years and in this course, your student will understand and practice writing essays in the Five-Paragraph Essay form and go beyond the typical form to learning what makes an essay exceptional. Students will craft essay assignments and practice becoming comfortable with thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be paid to how to write essays that capture the attention and flow from beginning to end, with meaning.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where you’ll write them

  • Class 2: The traditional five-paragraph essay

  • Class 3: What makes an essay great? Research an essay and brainstorming with the “then what?” question taking your thoughts “to the end of the line”

  • Class 4: What makes an essay great? Writing an essay and examples and analysis of form, parallelism, and rhythm

  • Class 5: What makes an essay great? Transitional tricks, answering the reader’s questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending

  • Class 6: What makes an essay great? Storytelling and creative elements

  • Class 7: What makes an essay great? Analyzing three essays

  • Class 8: Revising and editing your essays

Course Materials: All course materials are provided 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: Students will have 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: 3/3/2021 5:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/28/2021 6:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Get the writing edge and go beyond writing standard essays help your student understand and master the secrets of advanced essay writing with this course. Take the 9-3 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 fourth of a 4-part series, which provides 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)

March 4 to April 29, 2021. (No class April 1)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in Unlimited Access. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service,https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: This critical course is open to all students who have the prerequisites complete, no matter the grade level. What are the top skills of essay writing? How can you write an essay in a way that goes beyond the basics—to create a clear, crisp, dynamic piece of writing? This course will show you how. Because the content of this course is foundational for all high school essay writing that students will encounter in high school and beyond, it is highly suggested that students enroll in this course.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 2 for a full semester.

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: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD

Course Description: The Five-Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay writing for years and in this course, your student will understand and practice writing essays in the Five-Paragraph Essay form and go beyond the typical form to learning what makes an essay exceptional. Students will craft essay assignments and practice becoming comfortable with thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be paid to how to write essays that capture the attention and flow from beginning to end, with meaning.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where you’ll write them

  • Class 2: The traditional five-paragraph essay

  • Class 3: What makes an essay great? Research an essay and brainstorming with the “then what?” question taking your thoughts “to the end of the line”

  • Class 4: What makes an essay great? Writing an essay and examples and analysis of form, parallelism, and rhythm

  • Class 5: What makes an essay great? Transitional tricks, answering the reader’s questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending

  • Class 6: What makes an essay great? Storytelling and creative elements

  • Class 7: What makes an essay great? Analyzing three essays

  • Class 8: Revising and editing your essays

Course Materials: All course materials are provided 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: Students will have 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: 3/4/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 4/29/2021 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 2 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

Help your student gain the skills to craft excellent sentences and paragraphs with critical must-haves for writing well and gain understanding with practice in this hands-on writing course. Take the 6/7-3 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 fourth of a 4-part series, which provides a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

March 8 to April 19 2021. (No class March 29)

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Writing Essentials 3: Punctuation and Grammar II (MS 6/7-3) or written permission from the instructor.

Suggested Grade Level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Precede with MS 6/7-3 for a full semester credit.

Fee: $127 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $147 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.)

Instructors: Bonnie Donlon

Course Description: This essential writing course for middle school students - where your student continues learning how to create well-crafted sentences and paragraphs using specific nouns, strong verbs, appropriate adjectives and adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures. Special emphasis is placed on using words correctly in systems of testing such as standardized tests and the student’s ability to identify improper word choice and make the corrections.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Identifying and building on specific nouns and strong verbs in sentences

  • Class 2: Identifying and building on appropriate adjectives and adverbs in sentences

  • Class 3: Identifying and correctly using prepositions, prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures within sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 4: How to easily identify incorrect usage in standardized tests

  • Class 5: Creating paragraphs with strong transitions and connectives

  • Class 6: Critical know-how for writing multi-paragraph essays

Course Materials: All course materials are provided 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: Estimated one to three hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability. All writing assignments are graded by the instructor.

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Starts Starts: 3/8/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 4/19/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 5 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Help your student gain the skills to craft excellent sentences and paragraphs with critical must-haves for writing well and gain understanding with practice in this hands-on writing course. Take the 6/7-3 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 fourth of a 4-part series, which provides 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)

March 9 to April 20, 2021. (No class March 30)

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Writing Essentials 3: Punctuation and Grammar II (MS 6/7-3) or written permission from the instructor.

Suggested Grade Level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Precede with MS 6/7-3 for a full semester credit.

Fee: $127 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $147 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.)

Instructors: Bonnie Donlon

Course Description: This essential writing course for middle school students - where your student continues learning how to create well-crafted sentences and paragraphs using specific nouns, strong verbs, appropriate adjectives and adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures. Special emphasis is placed on using words correctly in systems of testing such as standardized tests and the student’s ability to identify improper word choice and make the corrections.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Identifying and building on specific nouns and strong verbs in sentences

  • Class 2: Identifying and building on appropriate adjectives and adverbs in sentences

  • Class 3: Identifying and correctly using prepositions, prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures within sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 4: How to easily identify incorrect usage in standardized tests

  • Class 5: Creating paragraphs with strong transitions and connectives

  • Class 6: Critical know-how for writing multi-paragraph essays

Course Materials: All course materials are provided 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: Estimated one to three hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability. All writing assignments are graded by the instructor.

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Starts Starts: 3/9/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/20/2021 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 9 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Help your student gain the skills to craft excellent sentences and paragraphs with critical must-haves for writing well and gain understanding with practice in this hands-on writing course. Take the 6/7-3 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 fourth of a 4-part series, which provides 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)

March 9 to April 20, 2021. (No class March 30)

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Writing Essentials 3: Punctuation and Grammar II (MS 6/7-3) or written permission from the instructor.

Suggested Grade Level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Precede with MS 6/7-3 for a full semester credit.

Fee: $127 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $147 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.)

Instructors: Bonnie Donlon

Course Description: This essential writing course for middle school students - where your student continues learning how to create well-crafted sentences and paragraphs using specific nouns, strong verbs, appropriate adjectives and adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures. Special emphasis is placed on using words correctly in systems of testing such as standardized tests and the student’s ability to identify improper word choice and make the corrections.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Identifying and building on specific nouns and strong verbs in sentences

  • Class 2: Identifying and building on appropriate adjectives and adverbs in sentences

  • Class 3: Identifying and correctly using prepositions, prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures within sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 4: How to easily identify incorrect usage in standardized tests

  • Class 5: Creating paragraphs with strong transitions and connectives

  • Class 6: Critical know-how for writing multi-paragraph essays

Course Materials: All course materials are provided 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: Estimated one to three hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability. All writing assignments are graded by the instructor.

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Starts Starts: 3/9/2021 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/20/2021 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 25 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
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