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The First Steps to Becoming a Great Essayist

This course will help students develop skills in expository, or narrative, writing. Through lectures, group workshops, and one-on-one sessions with their instructor, students will learn how  to develop a strong thesis statement, supporting paragraphs, and a compelling conclusion. 

Learning Objectives

This course will…..

  • Develop a strong thesis, supporting paragraphs, and conclusion
  • Develop strong ideas to support the essay
  • Conduct and cite reliable research
  • Guard against unintentional plagiarism
  • Coherently assemble research into compelling body paragraphs

Course Outcomes

  • A well-cited 300-word research essay
  • 2-3 writing prompt responses to help build towards AP-level writing
  • An understanding of the formats and purposes of citation
  • A list of topics that can be used to write future essays
  • Good preparation for standardized tests
  • Satisfies criteria for Knovva Academic Standards, based on 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 and instructor at Knovva Academy.

Course Highlights

This course includes:

  • Group class (5-7 students)
  • Level: 1
  • Track: Research Essay
  • Key Deliverables: 1 full essay, 2-3 short essays
  • Standards: IB, PISA, Cambridge, and CCSS-ELA
  • Certificate: Certificate of Completion and course transcript


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