Essay Writing

by Dan Tompkins


“How do I teach students to write well?” is a daunting question for the seasoned teacher, let alone a teacher new to the field. While there is often too much or too little to be said, this course guide finds the middle ground. The course begins with the essential question, “What is an essay?” and encourages students to write passionately from their own experiences with the college application essay. The course ripples outward with self-to-world connections through the classification essay, then text-to-text and text-to-world connections through research writing. The course culminates with the literary analysis essay that prompts connections among self, texts, and the world. These essay modes equip students with the tools they need for college success. Through lessons aligned with state and national standards, students will learn effective strategies for developing essays throughout the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, critiquing, polishing, and revising.

Through the variety of essay modes students will focus on effectively conveying ideas with development, organization, voice, and conventions. Students will develop techniques to make decisions about the effectiveness of their own writing and evaluate the writing of others.Reading for the course includes sample essays for every assignment and a novel study of Alan Paton’s classic yet contemporary Cry, the Beloved Country. Interspersed within the major essays are activities designed to improve the writing and critical thinking skills of students. These activities include an independent vocabulary study, grammar and conventions study, short story and film study, and the creation of a web page or PowerPoint. A pacing guide, daily lessons plans, sample annotated essays, and a variety of creative activities put student engagement and learning at the forefront of learning, stimulating all levels of students to take the next step toward college success.
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Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction to Effective Essay Writing
  2. Personal Narrative Writing
  3. Discursive Writing
  4. Research Writing
  5. Literary Analysis Writing

These instructional support materials (available in print or eBook versions), regularly updated, cover the complete course (at regular, honors, AP and IB levels), whether it be semester, year or 2-year (IB) with daily support for all aspects of instruction. The Teacher’s Edition includes a syllabus; correlation to standards; daily pacing guide; detailed daily lesson plans; teacher edition of student activity book or lab manual with answers; class notes in PDF (for use as color overheads) and/or editable PowerPoint's (for use with light projector or smartboard); and complete editable assessments. Classroom sets include 25 printed student books and Teacher Edition with DVD. Samples are available for each course (including complete short-term limited screen view versions in eBook format upon request). After purchase of the Teacher Edition in any of the various editions, student activity books or lab manuals are available for individual purchase. Although the online eBook version is screen view only, other versions are available that allow printing student material. Click here for details.

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Teacher Edition Subscription - eBook Version
screen view files only, typically purchased with student eBooks, timely delivery to qualified purchasers, includes 3 times email access to a mentoring teacher
Qty: $199 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-985-9
Teacher Edition Subscription - CD Only Version
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Qty: $224 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-284-3
Teacher Edition Subscription Printed Version
Teacher Manual
Includes 3 times email access
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Qty: $249 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-282-9
Class Set with perpetual license - Printed Version
includes printed teacher manual, 25 printed student books and 3 times email access to a mentoring teacher.
Qty: $799 US

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ISBN: 978-1-59657-986-6
Student eBook
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Qty: $21 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-496-0
Printed Student Book
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Qty: $26 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-283-6
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