In this course, learners will practice the step-by-step examination of each sentence type and the structure that is needed to make ideas flow concisely in a paragraph and write their own paragraph each session.
They will view a clear example as they learn the four parts of a paragraph: Topic Sentence, Detail Sentences, Transitional Words, and Clincher Sentence.
Students will spin a wheel of topics, and brainstorm together, and then, we will work as a class to write a paragraph together.
Afterwards, they will work alone to write their own paragraph after spinning the wheel of topics and present it the following class if they would like (completely optional).
Students will learn how to use the sandwich analogy and CUPS pneumonic to help check our writing.
Everyone will have the opportunity to share their paragraph.
Learners are encouraged to interact and ask questions of their peers and the teacher. Teacher guidance is offered throughout the lesson.
Since the topics will be decided randomly by the spinning of the Wheel of Topics.
Because every class will be a different spin, your child CAN repeat this class during the other session to gain momentum on writing! This is the perfect, relaxed atmosphere to encourage writing!
List of topics on the wheel:
NOTE: Registration deadline is July 15, 2023. There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.