Essay Writing (Ages 14-18)

  • Instructor Dr. Rachel Lott
  • Code LA02
  • Student Ages 14-18
  • Term Summer Session 2023 (June 5-July 28)

This course prepares students for academic writing at the university level. Students will learn standard MLA citation practices, formal vocabulary, and expectations for essay structure and style. Assignments will include several short writing exercises and three three-page essays on a variety of topics. Extensive feedback on each essay will allow students to improve relative to their own strengths and weaknesses. Because this course is writing-intensive, in-person meetings will occur every other week, with several exchanges of feedback by email between each meeting.

Live Classes: Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Note that this class meets every other week. The first class is on June 7th.

Student Expectations: Students will complete several short writing assignments and three short essays.

Student Support: The instructor is available via email.

Feedback/Assessment: The instructor will provide extensive feedback on all writing assignments.

Materials/Supplies: Students will need to purchase the book Advanced Academic Writing I from the MCT language arts curriculum. They also would benefit by having the newest edition (the ninth edition) of the MLA Handbook, the most widely used style guide for academic research papers in the United States, available for purchase online or in bookstores.

Prerequisites: Students should have a strong grasp of English grammar and mechanics.


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