Essay Writing Workshop

Duration: 8-week course offered in summer.
Suggested Grade Level for Sections 101-106: 9th and 10th grades
Suggested Grade Level for Sections 201-206: 11th and 12th grades
Tuition: $99 for HSLDA members; $124 for non-members

 

Description: Essay Writing Workshop is an 8-week immersion in the writing process for high school students. In a supportive, collaborative environment, students craft one essay from Step A to Step Z, learning key concepts in grammar, style, and citation along the way. Teacher feedback and class teamwork help build confidence for any level of high school!

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: June 7, 2021 – August 6, 2021*

Level 100: 9th and 10th grade

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 101

9th/10th grade

Wednesdays, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern Ms. Devon Kelly

Section 102

9th/10th grade

Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Linda Davidson

Section 103

9th/10th grade

Mondays, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Cherise Curby

Section 104

9th/10th grade

Wednesdays, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Eastern Mrs. Tamara Grubbs

Section 105

9th/10th grade

Mondays, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Charmayne Rush

Section 106

9th/10th grade

Tuesdays, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Brittellen Luciano

Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information.

We do not anticipate having more than 6 sections of Essay Writing Workshop level 100.

Level 200: 11th and 12th grade

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 201

11th/12th grade

Mondays, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Eastern Mr. Graham Jackson

Section 202

11th/12th grade

Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Kristen Slone

Section 203

11th/12th grade

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Crissta Walton

Section 204

11th/12th grade

Wednesdays, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern Ms. Jemima Spill

Section 205

11th/12th grade

Tuesdays, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Eastern Mrs. Lindsay Hill

Section 206

11th/12th grade

Wednesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Jessica Pittelkow

Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information.

We do not anticipate having more than 6 sections of Essay Writing Workshop level 200

*Note: This class takes a break from July 5, 2021–July 9, 2021 in observance of Independence Day.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What topics will I learn about in the Essay Writing Workshop?

    In the Essay Writing Workshop, students will learn about:

    • Basic grammar and sentence mechanics
    • Beating writer's block
    • Planning and outlining
    • Crafting a strong thesis
    • Good essay structure
    • Citation and style guides for MLA, Chicago, and APA
    • Writing style
    • Editing papers

    Please note, the Essay Writing Workshop is not a replacement for a yearlong high school course. It should function as a supplement to a full year of English instruction. Looking for yearlong English courses? HSLDA Online Academy offers English courses for students in grades 8–12.

  • How much homework is in the Essay Writing Workshop?

    We estimate that students will spend 3–5 hours per week on this course.

    Every week, students will:

    • Attend a Live Class Session
    • Watch a pre-recorded lecture
    • Complete one or two quizzes
    • Advance a step in the writing process

    By the end of the course, students will:

    • Draft and edit a short essay
    • Edit peer essays
    • Learn style guide basics for MLA, Chicago, and APA
  • What is the tuition for Essay Writing Workshop?

    HSLDA Online Academy has greatly reduced the price of this course. It is $99 for HSLDA members and $124 for non-members.

  • What books will I use in the Essay Writing Workshop?

    There are no required books for the Essay Writing Workshop. In an effort to keep the cost down for families, all required resources will be provided within the course website after the course begins. 

  • Am I ready to take the Essay Writing Workshop?

    There are two levels of Essay Writing Workshop.

    Level 100 — 9th and 10th grade

    Students should be able to read and write at a 9th grade level, and should be able to meet deadlines and work independently. Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

    Level 200 — 11th and 12th grade

    Students should be able to read and write at an 11th grade level, and should be able to meet deadlines and work independently. Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

    Note: Level 100 and Level 200 cover the same topics. However, Level 200 has higher expectations on the quality of writing submitted, assumes more writing experience, assumes past experience with a Works Cited page, and will have older students. Students who are in 10th grade and lower should take Level 100. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in the Essay Writing Workshop?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.