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Upper Division Writing Course

This course will help students learn how to write, revise, and edit multiple drafts of a paper until it reaches the quality level appropriate for an AP or IB/HL class. By the end of the class, students will be able to write complex, sophisticated sentence structures that will improve writing. Several sessions of one-on-one time with the instructor are allotted.

Learning Objectives

This course will…..

  • Master the writing and revision techniques that encourage higher level thinking, such as critical inquiry and the synthesizing of information
  • Sophisticated peer review exercises that develop the ability to give and receive constructive feedback
  • Command of practical skills essay-writing skills, such as how to proofread carefully and identify grammatical errors in a piece of writing

Learning Outcomes

  • A thoroughly revised, researched, and cited 600 – 1,000 word essay, including a bibliography of works cited
  • Familiarity with different types of citation methodologies such as MLA, APA, and Chicago
  • Understanding how to avoid plagiarism when conducting research
  • Understanding of how to support a thesis with multiple types of research, including primary and secondary sources
  • Comfort giving and receiving critical feedback to facilitate the writing and revising of multiple drafts of a five-paragraph essay
  • Good preparation for standardized tests
  • Satisfies criteria for NCTE, IB, PISA, Cambridge, and Common Core standards
  • A Certificate of Completion from Knovva Academy and corresponding transcript

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About the Instructor

Martha M.

Martha M. attended Northeastern University, going on to achieve a Master’s in Education, with a focus on human development and psychology, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently a senior curriculum designer at Knovva Academy.

Course Highlights

This course includes:

  • Format: Group class (5-7 students)
  • Level 3
  • Track: Research Essay
  • Key Deliverables: 1 essay
  • Standards: IB, PISA, Cambridge, and CCSS-ELA
  • Certificate: Certificate of Completion and course transcript

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