For ten years I taught high school literature and composition at classical schools. I noticed something: Even the 9th grade students who had taken many writing classes in the past did not know how to write a high school level essay, at least not one that would meet my (admittedly high) standards!
This presented a problem: I did not have the time, in my literature classes especially, to teach them how to write. Yet how could I grade them on something they didn't know how to do? I certainly wasn't going to lower the bar! So I had to find a way to get them quickly up to speed. An early version of this course was born.
This course teaches students how to incorporate evidence from a text into their essay in a way that is both elegant and effective.
My colleagues told me that they could easily identify which students had been through my literature classes because they were the best writers. One administrator told me that I was the best writing instructor their school ever had!
I loved setting up my students for success in high school and beyond. I would like to help you to do the same for yours!