Writing Supplement (Upgrade to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales)


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This upgrade is the writing supplement upgrade for Canterbury Tales. By adding this upgrade to Canterbury Tales, your student will complete three additional essay assignments across the 16-week course.

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This upgrade is the writing supplement upgrade for Canterbury Tales. By adding this upgrade to Canterbury Tales, your student will complete three additional essay assignments across the 16-week course. Please note that Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is NOT eligible for grades or UC a-g credit.

Writing Supplements:

The writing supplement adds three additional writing assignments (two shorter and one longer) spread throughout the semester to the student’s main course. The objectives of this supplement are to provide opportunities to explore ideas from the class in more depth while strengthening a student’s academic writing skills.

Every writing supplement course begins with assignments designed to strengthen essential writing skills including thesis formation, organization, citation, essay format, and revision. Three times throughout the semester, students will choose from three essay questions about material discussed and studied in their associated class. All the essay questions require higher-order thinking skills, including analysis, synthesis, and critical thinking. Some emphasize specific writing skills, such as comparison and contrast or argumentation, but all are focused on improving formal, academic writing. The instructor is available via email to students throughout the semester for questions or concerns, and communication between the coach and the student is highly encouraged.

Each of the writing assignments has two deadlines: one for a first draft and one for a final draft. These deadlines are firm, much like the deadlines students will receive in other high school level and college classes. First drafts submitted on or before the first draft deadline will be returned with comments within one week (usually far sooner), allowing plenty of time for the student to revise before submitting a final draft for the instructor’s review. (First drafts arriving after that first draft deadline will be thoroughly reviewed, but only once, as that late first draft then becomes a final draft.) Both student and coach will evaluate each final draft via rubric. All feedback is designed to encourage students in their writing efforts, illuminating areas of competence while encouraging growth in areas needing development. As with other OnlineG3 classes, no traditional grades are given on individual assignments. The rubric is a way to supply structured quantitative feedback for students who desire that.

Optional Books for Student Reference:

Before taking this class, students should be able to:

  • Construct grammatically correct sentences
  • Use punctuation correctly when writing
  • Write an essay with a clear thesis supported by logical evidence
  • Think critically about literature/movies
  • Follow written directions consistently
  • Accept criticism and advice on writing
  • Give constructive critique to others when clear criteria are set
  • Work independently on assignment lists and learn independently (writing supplements do not meet regularly, so students must be able to learn some skills by working through assignment lists in Moodle and participating in forums

During this class, students will learn to:

  • Summarize literature/movies concisely
  • Effectively integrate quotes from literature into an essay
  • Analyze literature and movies for common literary devices
  • Synthesize ideas from multiple pieces of literature/movies to examine commonalities
  • Compare and contrast characters, themes, and entire works
  • Relate literature/movies to history, science, or other real-world happenings
  • Use MLA citations and format within the body of an essay and in a works cited section

Time Commitment

Most students report spending approximately 1-2 extra hours per week on homework outside of the webinar with the writing supplement. As with other Online G3 classes, literature classes will have a significant writing component (i.e., discussion forums and reading-related assignments) so writing students should be prepared for a heavier workload with the supplement.


Count Karloff

Usually Offered

Fall Semester


Concurrent enrollment in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Students should have previous exposure to essay writing and should have previously completed Essay Essentials or the equivalent. The writing supplement assumes the student has written essays before.