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Asynchronous – All About Essays Writing – Full Year – Grades 8 – 11

Wednesday, September 1 2021 @ 12:00AM Wednesday, June 1 2022 @ 12:00AM EDT


Instructor:

Eva Goldstein – Meola

Instructor Email:

eva@opententacademy.com

Grade/Level:

8-11

Terms/Semesters:

Full Year 2021-2022

Details

Start:
Wednesday, September 1 2021 @ 12:00AM EDT
End:
Wednesday, June 1 2022 @ 12:00AM EDT
Cost:
$500.00
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Organizer

Virtual (Zoom)
Phone
+1 203 741 8570
Email
register@opententacademy.com
Website
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Please note – this is a PRE-RECORDED – using the IEW Writing philosophy Asynchronous Class.

Students will work through the modules independently.

There are fourteen modules in all.

Students will print out class notes PRIOR to the class, which can be found in CANVAS.

Then, watch the recording of the class,

After that, using their ASSIGNMENT PLANNER and COMPOSITION CHECKLIST will complete the assignment.

The students will submit their work in CANVAS and WAIT until graded BEFORE going onto next module.  Grading time is approximately 5 – 6 days.

All modules must be completed by June 1, 2022.  Papers submitted AFTER June 1, 2022 will not be graded.

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It is imperative that students, with the goal of attending college, can write basic essays with ease, speed and confidence. In this class using the IEW Writing philosophy, your child will become well-versed in the structure and application of expository, persuasive, compare/contrast and personal essays, which are found on most applications and scholarship forms for college, competitive summer programs and high school admission.  Students will explore and implement many stylistic techniques within the structures of their essays that will assist them later in finding their voice within their own written words. They will learn how to use composition checklists to ensure that they have done a solid job editing their work. This class is high paced with the emphasis on EDITING – TRULY EDITING using their COMPOSITION CHECKLIST. The goal is for the student to understand that writing takes TIME and cannot be done in one or two sittings. It is expected that the students work a minimum of 45 minutes per day on their assignment; a minimum 7 – 8 hours over the course of two weeks to produce a well written paper.

NOTE:   A good essay is NOT done in ONE or TWO sittings; instead it is created over time. When a student grows into a confident writer, less time will be needed for the process. This typically happens in the second year of this class. While working on homework, students are expected to repeat the writing process with some degree of independence. NEW (first year) students might need parental assistance, but, over time, ultimately, we are striving for them to establish independence as writers. In addition, after multiple years studying/using IEW methodology, it is often during the second year of this class that a student will begin “finding their voice” and given freedom to use stylistic techniques as they feel needed. Homework is given at the end of each class. Students are expected to email their writing for an evaluation to eva@opententacademy.com .  

NOTE: Registration deadline is January 1, 2022.


Excellent class with clear and detailed guidance

Rated 5.0 out of 5
August 2, 2021

I believe my rising 7th grader has greatly benefited from taking the summer Powerful Paragraphs class from Eva. There were precise and detailed instructions on brainstorming, constructing varied and expressive sentences, and usage of transitional phrases, all in the context of the different writing structures they studied each week. The weekly reviews of past lessons and the incremental addition of new stylistic techniques were great reinforcement for the concepts being thoughts. It was also useful to have the numerous sample writings provided for reference with each lesson. Through out the class, they kids had a growing list of “banned” words to encourage them to choose more expressive and nuanced alternatives (started with one or two and grew to maybe ~15). Overall, a great class for my child who is still in the early stages of honing his essay writing skills.

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Adey D.

Unsung Heroes

Rated 5.0 out of 5
December 12, 2020

My daughter loved learning about “unsung heroes” of the Civil Rights Movement: individuals who deserve recognition, but receive little in the history books. Ms. Eva ties in historical background information extremely well to the book to help understand the bigger picture to further appreciate Claudette Colvin’s courage.

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J.H., Virginia

10 out of 10!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 22, 2023

My son just finished ESSAY INTENSIVE, a 10-week course focusing on Critique Writing, Expository Essays, Persuasive Essays, Compare/Contrast Essays and Narrative Essays.

I really appreciate what you have accomplished in the course of 10 weeks!

What a change I saw in my son’s writing.

He would never admit it, but I think that he even likes writing a little now that he understands how to write!

As with our original OTA class, this experience has been incredible!

Forget 5 Stars – it is a 10 out of 10 in my book.

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Becky de Leon

Eva's Literature Classes are Amazing!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
February 7, 2023

All of Eva’s Literature Classes are amazing.

My daughter MOST RECENTLY loved learning about “unsung heroes” of the Civil Rights Movement: individuals who deserve recognition, but receive little in the history books. Ms. Eva ties in historical background information extremely well to the book to help understand the bigger picture to further appreciate Claudette Colvin’s courage.

She has taken HIDDEN FIGURES, TWICE TOWARDS JUSTICE, AMERICAN GIRLS, WONDER, FISH IN A TREE, TO HOPE AND BACK and REFUGEE with Eva.

Each class was better than the one before!

Do not miss out on Eva’s literature classes!

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JH, Virginia

This class should be mandatory!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
January 31, 2023

I signed up my 8th grader for this class because I wanted him to start thinking about his future.

What I didn’t expect is him initiating meaningful discussions about our cost of living inflation, budgeting, work-life balance etc.

My son will be attending a college prep high school this fall and has already told me he won’t “going to be an idiot who blows over $100 a month on lattes at the cafeteria”.

I am so thankful for this class.

It really got my son thinking about the future.

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Rachel, NJ

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