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.

All readings and course material will be provided to students in an online format.


The course outline covers the following concepts:

  • Strong Thesis Statements
  • Outlines & Specific Paragraph Characterization
  • Research & Citation
  • Essay Types: Compare/Contrast, Expository, Literary Analysis, Cause & Effect, Personal
  • Essay Synthesis

Sample Lesson:

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