Online Class: Essay Writing 101

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Course Description

Essays are a vital part of writing, both in academic circles and in many professions. Being able to write good essays is a rare ability and those that can demonstrate a mastery of this writing form will quickly distinguish themselves from those who write poorly. In school, this can be the difference between a good or bad grade; in industry, it can mean being passed over for a promotion, creating a safety hazard, or even limiting an applicant's prospective job pool.

Learning to write good essays will boost academic performance in school and college, but will also be a valuable skill in today's increasingly competitive job market. Creating concise, informative, and compelling essays can form the basis of many careers, such as authoring non-fiction books, getting into print journalism, writing legal briefs, rendering judicial opinions, or just creating some persuasive advertising text for a business. The ability to write a good essay is a foundational block that can unlock numerous opportunities.

This course will examine the nature, history, and structure of essays; the various types of essays; and provide a refresher course in English grammar, focusing on the parts of speech and rules for good syntax. Furthermore, examples will be provided of both good and poor writing, as well as common mistakes to avoid when creating an essay. When completed, this course will enable the student to better understand how good essays are written and how to go about writing them for academic or professional use.

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    Course Lessons

    Average Lesson Rating:
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    "Extraordinarily Helpful"
    (1,956 votes)

    Lesson 1. Anatomy of an Essay

    For the purposes of this course, an essay is defined as "a short written piece of non-fiction, often expressing the author's own personal and well reasoned viewpoint, presented in an organized and professional way." 36 Total Points
    • Lesson 1 Video
    • Take Poll: Essay Writing Course
    • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
    • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
    • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Anatomy of an Essay

    Lesson 2. Grammar Basics. Part I. The Parts of Speech

    In English, there are eight distinct parts of speech, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, interjections, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, and verbs. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 2 Video
    • Review Article: Parts of Speech
    • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Grammar Basics, Part I – The Parts of Speech

    Lesson 3. Grammar Basics. Part II. Capitalization and Punctuation

    With a basic review of the parts of speech completed, we can now turn our attention to other crucial grammatical issues, capitalization and punctuation. 33 Total Points
    • Lesson 3 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Grammar Basics, Part II – Capitalization & Punctuation

    Lesson 4. Grammar Basics. Part III. Subject-Verb Agreement and Other Writing Mishaps

    This lesson will examine the common errors made with regard to subject-verb agreement, as well as a number of other common and troublesome writing errors. 34 Total Points
    • Lesson 4 Video
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-APPENDIX.pdf
    • Review Article: Compound Subject
    • Take Poll: Grammar
    • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Grammar Basics, Part III – Subject-Verb Agreement & Other Writing Mishaps

    Lesson 5. Types of Essays

    This lesson examines each of the major types of essay based on these rhetorical modes, providing a brief definition for each, and further notes on using each style to the writer's advantage. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 5 Video
    • Review Article: Types of Essays and Samples
    • Take Poll: Types of Essays
    • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Types of Essays

    Lesson 6. Topic and Thesis Selection

    This lesson delves into the methodology for selecting and narrowing an appropriate topic for your essay. 34 Total Points
    • Lesson 6 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Thesis Statement; Choosing an Essay Topic
    • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Topic & Thesis Selection

    Lesson 7. The Argument, Research, and Citations

    This lesson provides insights into creating a rationale for the thesis statement backed by other sources and sound thinking. 34 Total Points
    • Lesson 7 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Essay Writing; How to Write an Essay
    • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: The Argument, Research & Citations

    Lesson 8. Outlining the Essay

    This lesson covers the basic organizational structure common to many essays, as well as the role of reason in establishing a coherent, logical framework, on which to base the actual written text. 34 Total Points
    • Lesson 8 Video
    • Review Article: Essay Outline: An Ultimate Guide
    • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Outlining the Essay

    Lesson 9. The Introduction

    This lesson will examine various details of the introduction, including how to capture the readers' attention, and some poor introductory styles to avoid. 33 Total Points
    • Lesson 9 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: The Introduction

    Lesson 10. The Body and Conclusion

    This lesson will take a closer look at paragraph structure and how to create a satisfying conclusion for an essay. 35 Total Points
    • Lesson 10 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: The Body and Conclusion

    Lesson 11. Revisions and Finishing Touches

    This lesson discusses the process and techniques used for revising and polishing essays for maximum impact when they are finally read by the intended audience. 34 Total Points
    • Lesson 11 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Revisions & Finishing Touches

    Lesson 12. Some Final Writing Pitfalls to Avoid

    This lesson examines each of these pitfalls and provides suggestions for the aspiring essayist on how to avoid them. 33 Total Points
    • Lesson 12 Video
    • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-APPENDIX.pdf
    • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
    • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
    • Complete: Lesson 12: Final Essay Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Some Final Writing Pitfalls To Avoid
    Total Course Points

    Learning Outcomes

    By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
    • Describe the anatomy of an essay.
    • Define the parts of speech.
    • Demonstrate capitalization and punctuation usage.
    • Recognize subject-verb agreement and other writing mishaps.
    • Describe types of essays.
    • Formulate topic and thesis.
    • Define the argument, conduct research and record citations.
    • Outline the essay.
    • Create the introduction.
    • Create the body and conclusion.
    • Revise the essay, and
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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    Course Title: Essay Writing 101
    Course Number: 7550411
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    Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,956 votes)
    Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
    Course Type: How To (Self-Paced, Online Class)
    CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
    CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
    Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
    Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
    Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
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    Student Testimonials

    • "My instructor had patience, she worked with me over and over until I understood what I have to write." -- Deborah E.
    • "This course was extremely helpful. I am an English teacher and needed this course for CE so I was very familiar with the material provided. It gave me a new insight to teaching essay writing and research writing that I have not seen--or rather seen put together so well!" -- Amy B.
    • "My prof was superb in extending her helping hand to understand all my downs in going through with this course." -- Mary Ann C.
    • "I found the explanations extremely helpful. I also liked how everything was divided into sections where it was easy to read." -- Patricia P.
    • "I enjoyed the instructor's comments and the coursework." -- Kathy C.
    • "What was most helpful was the instructor correcting my grammer and spelling." -- Patricia N.
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