Essay Writing 911: Essay Writing With Feedback and Support

$15.00 / week

Get the feedback you need! Students work on an essay, receive feedback, revise, and get more feedback. The instructor and learner communicate frequently throughout the week, the student benefiting from the feedback and revision process.

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Why Take This Course?

According to Pennington Publishing, effective writing feedback (or grading) is:

  • Specific, not general
  • Immediate, not postponed
  • Routine with a revision / feedback cycle
  • Explanatory
  • The right amount
  • Targeted to the most critical issues
  • Varied (written, audio, and video comments)
  • Holding students accountable

As you can see, feedback and back-and-forth work between a student and teacher can greatly benefit a student if it is done well. That is what we do in this course.

How It Works

We do not have any live classes in this course. The cost of this class includes continued communication between learner and teacher as learners edit and revise one piece of writing per week. Students should have had prior instruction on how to write an effective essay, but they still need to practice writing for a teacher who will give feedback on their progress. Students can choose from one of our writing prompts or can use their own assigned work they’re doing for another class. The instructor offers specific feedback and ways learners can build skills. We may offer a writing guide, a video lesson, a graphic organizer, or a link to a Khan Academy lesson, and our goal is to improve the writing of our students. When students finish their essays, they will submit a Google Document link in the classroom. The instructor will read the essay and give feedback both on what was done well and what needs more work. Students may revise and send it back for more feedback. This continues until the next week. Students can choose to work on one essay each week, or they can work on the same essay for multiple weeks.

What if the Student Needs a lot of Support?

If a student needs explicit and regular instruction on HOW to write an essay, they should take “Foundations of Essay Writing” or the self-paced essay-writing class “Essay Essentials.” If they are working on argument writing, “Assert! Claim! Reason! the Art of Argument Writing” will be important. All four of those classes are rich with explicit instruction, modeling, and feedback on how to write an essay. This Essay 911 course is not focused on instruction; rather, we remind students about what they have learned and will remind them of concepts and how to implement and modify the strategies they have learned. If we think a student would benefit more from a longer, focused writing course, we will let you know.

The ongoing schedule will be learner-directed and dictated by the essay prompt that they choose.

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High School Writing Series

This class is part of a series that prepares students to do dual enrollment college classes or are entering college. The series gets progressively more difficult and are scheduled in order. You can still jump in whenever you’d like! Completion of all of these classes, which takes about 6 months will cover all necessary high school writing! They make up a complete high school writing plan.

Check the offerings of this course on Outschool. Courses on Outschool are secular.

The Lemons-Aid Way: Our Approach to Teaching and Learning is Explicit!

Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students try to construct meaning themselves.


Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay or read or do a geometry proof, we teach explicitly, which is backed by a large body of evidence, and it’s how Mrs. Lemons teaches her undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in college to teach! We do it this way because it’s how kids learn.

Explicit instruction is “a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic skills. It is called explicit because it is an unambiguous and direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery procedures. Explicit instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process with clear statements about the purpose and rationale for learning the new skill, clear explanations and demonstrations of the instructional target, and supported practice with feedback until independent mastery has been achieved.”
-Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes.

Anita Archer trained Mrs. Lemons in workshops, and it changed her teaching. Read a little more about the research behind explicit teaching here and here.

To read more about your teaching and learning methods, read Mrs. Lemons’ blog.

We have adopted The Master’s Seminary Doctrinal Statement.

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