Middle School Writing with Eva – LIVE – * B Week – Tuesday * – Full Year – Grades 6-9
Tuesday, September 6 2022 @ 9:00AM – Tuesday, June 6 2023 @ 10:30AM EDT
Grade/Level:6 – 9
Day of Week:Tuesday
Class Times:9:00AM – 10:30AM (ET)
Terms/Semesters:Full Year 2022-2023
This fast paced, interactive class begins preparing your student for high school and (eventually) college level writing. In Middle School Writing, the students will be writing five paragraph critiques, research papers and essays (expository, persuasive and narrative). Students will practice each structure at least twice allowing the student to write the second or third papers with the same structure with more ease.
During class, each structure will be introduced, explained, brainstormed, and modeled. While working on their homework it is expected that they use their handouts for reference. Students are expected to repeat the entire writing process with some degree of independence. Students might need parental assistance; however, over time we are striving for them to establish their independence as writers.
Students will work on finding their voice through required stylistic techniques that they add into their writing. We also work hard on eliminating the use of the “subject-opener” using various sentence openers. Finally, there is a list of banned words (overused, boring) that the students are not allowed to use, so that they can find more descriptive ways to say what they mean.
There is an emphasis on editing – TRULY editing, by using their composition checklist. However, at this stage editing means revising, revamping, rewriting, restructuring….. not just correcting.
Students are expected to be present in class, with class notes in front of them, participating actively and asking questions when they arise.
Students are expected to USE their CLASS NOTES (provided by instructor) while writing.
Students are expected to USE their ASSIGNMENT PLANNERS while writing.
Students are expected to USE their COMPOSITION CHECKLIST while editing.
Middle School Writing is an interactive, fast paced class.
If the student participates in class and does their homework to the best of their ability using the tools provided, it is expected thatby the end of the first year of Middle School writing, it is expected that students feel more comfortable writing a 5-paragraph essay. It is typically during the second year of MSW, that students can increase their writing speed, finding their voice and fluency of word choice as the process become easier.
Please note that this class meets (typically) every other week. Over the course of the two weeks, students are expected to spend approximately 5 hours going through the writing process independently to complete their homework. Good writing takes time.
Please note this section is a larger class. Jonathan Meola offers a smaller group version of this class.
NOTE: Registration deadline is August 15, 2022.
There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.
I’m writing to thank you for teaching me how to actually write. In my time at CNU, I have been shocked to find that many people haven’t learned this critical skill. The latest installment of this drama occurred today when I was accepted to the business school and they provided me with a grammarly account. I learned that grammarly is a total ripoff and I will not be using it as the suggestions were mostly abhorrent. Anyways, the point of this email was to tell you that I am incredibly grateful to you for teaching me how to write and edit my essays and to understand the principles and mechanics behind a good essay so that I don’t have to rely on sketchy softwares to edit my papers for me. Due to your classes I was able to skip the mandatory freshman and sophomore english classes and have gotten an A on every writing assignment I’ve done so far. In conclusion, thank you a million times over! The skills you taught me have aided in my success more than anything else I learned in high school and I truly would not be where I am today without your excellent instruction. I hope you are doing well and staying safe!
More than just a writing class!
Eva is a very experienced teacher who does not just ‘grade papers’ writing papers but gives meaningful feedback that helps the student learn and improve. She is very responsive by email. The learning management system used by OTA (called CANVAS) is very user friendly and easy to navigate. Eva is kind, reasonable, and has the students’ best interest at heart.
Please – do not miss out on Eva Goldstein-Meola’s IEW Writing classes – you will regret it!
My son was a very reluctant writer when he started taking classes with Ms. Eva, the founder of Open Tent Academy. Fast-forward three years and I have a teenager who writes willingly and thoughtfully. He found the IEW Writing classes that he took through Open Tent to be very well organized. He benefitted from the class structure, as well as the use of the online learning management system. It was easy to find everything that he needed for his assignments, and he liked that he could go back and re-watch his class if he missed it or if he had questions. I highly recommend Ms. Eva and the Open Tent Academy for online classes
Eva is a fantastic teacher. My daughter, J, has now been taking Eva Goldstein-Meola’s writing classes for 3 years with her. We started because I couldn’t find a writing curriculum that worked for her. With Eva’s online class and specific, step-by-step instructions, that are very clearly written, Julie’s writing has taken off to a level that impresses us.
More than a class!
I just wanted you to know that Laura and I were discussing classes for next year. I was thinking that she would “take a break” from Eva Goldstein-Meola’s writing class for one year and then return for the high school classes; however, Laura insisted, “Absolutely not. I learn so much from Eva. Not only about writing; but about how to be a better person. Eva expects excellence out of us in all areas of life.“
Laura truly enjoys all that you bring to the class, your energy, humor, and all that you teach. She has learned so very much from you and I know you have her highest respect along with mine. Personally, I am a terrible writer. Laura loves to write; however, that was not always the case. Without your instruction, I cannot even imagine the quality of her work. I thank you so much for everything. I am so glad I met you years ago in NJ at ENOCH. You have changed my daughter’s life for the better!