Everyone’s an Author is a class for students who are comfortable with formal and informal essay styles and confident in the basics of source selection and MLA citation. In this class, we explore the writing patterns and genres required for the last two high school years and for college. As in the earlier writing classes, Essay Essentials and Writing With Sources, students will learn by studying the writing of the pros. We’ll explore analysis, rhetoric, reviews, and more.
Everyone’s an Author takes students beyond the basics of the essay, as taught in Essay Essentials and assumes comfort with source selection, use, citation, as taught in Writing With Sources and emphasized in the Writing Supplements for history and literature. In this class, we’ll add to those tools and explore more deeply academic writing skills while exploring the real-world writing techniques that authors use to participate in the conversations the world is having.
Across the semester, students will practice their new skills in forums designed to hone in on specific writing elements and write essays using techniques from class and outside sources. Teacher feedback guides each writer through the process. Emails from students are always welcome and will be answered promptly, with a focus on specific feedback that helps a writer grow throughout the class.
This class prepares students for further academic writing within Online G3 and college-level writing classes.
Required Books and Materials:
Prerequisites: Writing with Sources or equivalent strongly recommended.
Before taking this class, students should be able to:
- Use proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization consistently
- Follow written directions consistently and thoroughly
- Read and analyze complex essays for both content and structure
- Respond to readings after summarizing those readings
- Find strong, credible, and useful sources for use in their writing
- Use MLA citation methods appropriately when summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting, both in a Works Cited section and within their writing
During this class, students will learn to:
- Improve their ability to “think and act rhetorically”, engaging in the conversations important to the day.
- Increase their critical reading and thinking skills, seeking out the rhetorical structure they contain so they can better analyze the work, both in content and structure.
- Increase appreciation for the bigger rhetorical word — what is beyond the essay
- Learn to synthesize what they read, watch, and hear and incorporate their findings in their own writing
- Join the conversations of their time using strong writing and reading skills