Made With You in Mind
Here’s something essential your teen needs to know: “Essay writing” is not one action; it’s the result of many writing choices.
Most students just see the blank page, panic, and scramble to fill it with their opinions in one shot. A writing process that is fast and furious often results in essay RANTING, not essay writing.
We don’t want to skip the thoughtful steps to building a sound argument and cohesive paper. Those need to happen before the first draft.
We focus on the essential essay-writing skills that come first:
- Exploring and understanding the topic
- Articulating a logical thesis
- Gathering quality research
- Planning an effective structure
- Writing paraphrases and summaries
- Avoiding accidental plagiarism ← that’s a biggie!
Over four weeks, we help our students craft an essay that holds water in the academic arena, with strategy, sources, and citations. Students will read a range of sources, evaluate arguments, and then take a position that they defend intelligently, with nuance.
Did you know?
Once you sign up for this class, you can print or save the activities and readings for you to reuse over and over at home!
We’re not teaching your student to write an essay one time—we want them to be able to reuse the class materials to write confidently, forever!
Keep practicing these skills with new topics. You’ve got this!
Brave Writer® specializes in transitioning students from creative, personal experience writing to academic formats. Students should already be competent writers.
We recommend the following progression of courses before taking Essay Writing 102:
- Essay Prep: Dynamic Thinking, Essay Prep: Reading the Essay, and Essay Prep: Research and Citation (one class or all three)—these classes prepare students for the flexible rhetorical thinking necessary for essay writing.
- Essay Writing 101: Analytic Essay—In Essay Writing 101, we introduce the fundamental principles of academic writing. That class is the essential first step to learn research-based analytical writing where students examine multiple perspectives on a topic.