Writing Essentials 4:
Excellent Sentence &
Paragraph Writing II
Suggested Grade Level: 6th or 7th grade
Help your student craft excellent sentences and paragraphs in writing practice through learning and using critical middle school must-haves for writing well — and gain understanding with practice in this hands-on writing course that goes beyond “normal” writing courses with practical writing using critical thinking (no workbooks).
Your Course Description
This essential writing course continues to give your student the skills for how to create well-crafted sentences and paragraphs using specific nouns, strong verbs, appropriate adjectives and adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures. This course specifically sets your student up for success in crafting longer writing (paragraphs and beyond). Special emphasis is placed on using words correctly in systems of testing such as standardized tests and the student’s ability to identify improper word choice while making critical corrections in thinking and writing.
Your Course Outline
Class 1: Identifying and building on specific nouns and strong verbs in sentences
Class 2: Identifying and building on appropriate adjectives and adverbs in sentences
Class 3: Identifying and correctly using prepositions, prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures within sentences and paragraphs
Class 4: How to easily identify incorrect usage in standardized tests
Class 5: Creating paragraphs with strong transitions and connectives
Class 6: Critical know-how for writing multi-paragraph essays
Your Course Details
Total Number of Classes: 6
Prerequisite: Each course in the 6/7 series builds upon the next. Registration in the Writing Essentials 1: Punctuation & Grammar I (MS 6/7-1), Writing Essentials 2: Excellent Sentence & Paragraph Writing I (MS 6/7-2), and Writing Essentials 3: Punctuation and Grammar II (MS 6/7-3) courses is required so that your student has all of the tools and knowledge necessary to succeed in this course. You may take the prerequisite courses LIVE or in Unlimited Access (recording) before or during this course.
Suggested Grade Level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade
Duration: 50 minutes
Suggested Credit: One-half (½) of a semester’s credit for Writing or English
Precede with MS 6/7-3 for a full semester credit.
Course Materials: Course materials are provided free of charge. Microsoft Word or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document is required. If you do not own Microsoft Word, you can use a system such as Google Docs and convert to Word documents FREE.
Homework: This course uses an estimated one (1) to three (3) hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s abilities entering the course. Homework includes readings, activities, and writing assignments that get your student thinking critically and using the content learned while writing/composing. All writing assignments are graded by the instructor.
How this course fits with your Middle School Writing courses...
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** The 6/7-3 and 6/7-4 courses are consecutive courses. To create a full semester of Middle School Writing, sign up for the 6/7-4 course when you sign up for 6/7-3, to complete the 6/7 series of courses.
Live, Interactive Courses
During the week, multiple course sections, times, and instructors are offered for this course. Sign up for the time and the instructor that best meets your needs. Click here to see the days and instructors for the LIVE course offerings — and to sign up for a LIVE course.
Recorded, Independent-Learning Course
When you sign up for Unlimited Access and take this recorded course, your instructor is the designer and Director of Aquinas Writing Advantage, Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA (aka author EB Conroy/Erin Brown Conroy).
Three Sign Up Options (Choose One)
1. Live, Interactive Course
Students attend a LIVE class in a virtual classroom on a specific day, at a specific time. After class (during the week), the student independently completes the coursework that includes readings, activities, and weekly quizzes. Quizzes are graded automatically by the computer for instant feedback. Written assignments are graded with feedback by the instructor. Your instructor is also available for communication outside of class via email, to help answer questions. Homework time outside of class is estimated to be two to three hours per week.
2. Unlimited Access: Recorded, Independent-Learning Course
When you take the Recorded course, you will independently view the recorded video lesson and complete the coursework in the learning management system. Quizzes in the course are graded automatically by the computer for instant feedback. If choosing to not use Instructor Access, grading with feedback is provided by the parent; however, Instructor Access grading is available (see below). There is an estimated two to three hours of homework/coursework per week outside of watching the weekly video lecture.
When you get “Unlimited Access,” you get 24/7 access to ALL of the writing courses — AND access to 400+ middle and high school courses, in all subject areas, for only $34.97 a month.
3. Unlimited Access with Instructor Access Grading Services
Instructor Access is an optional service, for an additional fee, that accompanies Unlimited Access. When you sign up for one-on-one tutoring with Instructor Access, in addition to the weekly quizzes that are graded automatically by the computer for instant feedback, your student will receive one-on-one help via email with the professional writing instructor. The Instructor Access instructor will grade the work submitted, and there is an estimated three to four hours per week for homework for your student outside of watching the video lecture. The link to sign up for Instructor Access will be available to you within the learning management system (on the course page).
Specific Course FAQs
Is this course required? Can I skip this course?
Because all of the courses’ content in the writing program is sequential, the 6/7-1, 6/7-2, and 6/7-3 courses are prerequisites for the 6/7-4 course. For your student’s success, please take the prerequisite courses (LIVE or watching the recordings of the classes in Unlimited Access) before signing up for this course. If your student is in 8th grade, you may watch the 6/7-series courses on video in Unlimited Access to meet the requirement.
Can I start the 6/7-4 course in the Fall Semester?
The LIVE 6/7-3 and 6/7-4 courses are held in the Spring Semester only; Spring Semester courses begin in January. If you are beginning this course in September (or at any other time of the year besides January), simply take this course in Unlimited Access (with or without Instructor Access grading services).