MasteringTheEssay

14 yrs and up, $325.00, 14 week course– Prerequisite: Intro to High School Writing
(If an interested student can demonstrate sufficient writing ability at a high school level, they can contact Nicole Noster, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for a possible exemption from the prerequisite.)

Sharpen the sword of your thought and make it clear, strategic, and effective! Writing an essay is so much more than cover pages and footnotes – it's the process of bringing truth to life in ink on the page! This simple, hands-on course demystifies the essay-writing process, walking students through the mechanics of writing argumentative, research, personal, and literary essays in a practical way. Students complete a writing assignment every week and study stellar examples of great writing to inspire their own work. They meet in class with other students to discuss the writing process, and receive a short private tutorial time weekly with the tutor.


Format for Paper Submissions

The Elements of Style


READINGS LISTED BELOW

 

WEEK 1: Strong Thesis Statements, Pt. 1 (Write several strong theses)

WEEK 2: Strong Thesis Statements, Pt. 2 (Write a mock Summa article)

WEEK 3: Outlines & The Body Paragraphs (Write the body paragraphs and the outline of a short argumentative essay)

WEEK 4: Introduction & Conclusion Paragraphs (Write a strong introduction and conclusion to the argumentative essay; revise the body paragraphs)

WEEK 5: Understanding Research and Proper Citation, Part 1 (Research a topic, create a thesis, and write an annotated bibliography)

You do not need to read the following references for class, but you will find them helpful for knowing how write citations for your upcoming assignments.
Citing a Book (CMS) (Purdue Writing Lab)
Citing a Periodical (CMS) (Purdue Writing Lab)
Citing a Web Source (CMS) (Purdue Writing Lab)
Citing an Interview or Personal Communication (CMS) (Purdue Writing Lab)
How to Cite the Bible (EasyBib, Chegg)

WEEK 6: Understanding Research and Proper Citation, Part 2 (Finish research and write an essay including all of the elements covered)

WEEK 7: The Compare & Contrast Essay (Write a compare & contrast essay)
This week you must read two accounts of King Arthur's death. The situation is this – Mordred, King Arthur's villainous son, has come to to challenge his father in battle with a great army.

(The following are references for APA style formatting. You do not need to read every word through for class, but you should reference them and be familiar with the style guidelines as you work on your essays in the next couple of weeks.)
Formatting an Essay in APA Style
Creating a References List in APA Style
Citing Sources in the Text in APA Style

WEEK 8: The Expository Essay (Write an expository essay)

WEEK 9: Literary Analysis (Write a literary analysis)

The following links do not need to be read through for class, but you should refer to them when working on your essays in the next couple of weeks.
MLA: Formatting Papers
MLA: Citation Guide

WEEK 10: The Cause & Effect Essay (Write a cause & effect essay)

WEEK 11: The Personal Essay (Write a personal essay)

WEEK 12: Essay Synthesis, Part 1 (Write a paper proposal, proposed bibliography, and begin research)

WEEK 13: Essay Synthesis, Part 2 (Write a paper outline and a rough draft)

WEEK 14: Essay Synthesis, Part 3 (Finish final draft of paper)