Let’s decode these assignment instructions: 

Discuss the role of…

Analyze the way in which…

Explore how the author…

Determine the main themes of…

Consider the difference between…

Do you know what they’re asking for? Not an argument. 

An analytic essay.

Students tend to default to the 5 paragraph, thesis-based persuasive essay. But college professors don’t always want their students to prove a point. Often they want students to reflect upon a reading, analyze a text, or flesh out an idea. 

Curious to know more? Read on!

Class Overview

Made With You in Mind

Help your students become comfortable with the basic demands of academic writing! This is where it starts. Every variety of essay or research paper builds from these fundamental principles. 

Essay Writing 101: Analytic Essay is specially designed for high school students to be able to respond to essay prompts that ask them to explore, analyze, or discuss. 

Your student will be better equipped to write 

  • A reflection
  • A commentary
  • An overview
  • An editorial response

This course will help teens merge their thinking with concrete writing skills as they interact with the ideas of experts in a field.

Students in this class will 

  • Read a range of sources
  • Explore possible positions and perspectives
  • Consider their own thinking and analysis
  • Analyze structure
  • Complete an analytic essay

The best part? The process they'll learn in this class is repeatable at home with new topics. More bang for your buck!


Brave Writer® specializes in transitioning students from creative, personal experience writing to academic formats. Students should already be competent writers.

Essay Prep: Dynamic Thinking, Essay Prep: Reading the Essay, and Essay Prep: Research and Citation are recommended preparatory courses, though not required. If you have any questions about your student's eligibility for this class, don't hesitate to contact us with a writing sample and we'll send you in the right direction.

Week by Week

Week One

Tournament of Essays. This week we'll crack the code, discovering what makes professional essays shine. 

Week Two

Launching into Analysis. Students explore a topic of interest and then dive into research to read the takes of various experts on their topic. 

Week Three

Bits and Pieces → Essay. With initial writing and research in hand, students collect more writing to use in their essay. The second half of the week is devoted to finding an effective essay structure.

Week Four

Analytic Essay. Here's where we put it all together! Students proceed through the rough draft, revision, and editing process as they complete their analytic essay.

Registration Details

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Tuition:
$249.00 per student
Recommended Ages:

13 - 18

Class Size:
25 students
Class Length:
4 weeks
Class Type:
  • High School

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Word on the Street

Until I did this class, I thought that all essays were persuasive and the point of an essay was to make others think like you and hear your perspective. I learned that some of that is good, but it's not every essay.

Sammy, 14

I learned new strategies for making an essay resonate as well as ways to make it more interesting. There are many writing techniques that I will take away from this class.

Kiera, 15

I definitely think I grew as a writer; this is probably the first essay I wrote that didn't feel like a chore. It felt more like something that I was learning about and then writing about, like I was growing with the essay.  

Sal, 16

[T]his class gave me the extremely helpful tool of a system. I feel that I could go back, pick another topic, and churn out an essay on that instead. Before this class, I had read essays, but I had no idea how to construct them.

Annie, 16

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