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Powerful Paragraph Writing – A Week – Thursday – Full Year – Grades 5-8

Thursday, August 31 2023 @ 11:00AM Thursday, May 30 2024 @ 12:30PM EDT


Eva Goldstein-Meola

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5 – 8

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Full Year 2023-2024

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3:00PM – 4:30PM (ET)


Thursday, August 31 2023 @ 11:00AM EDT
Thursday, May 30 2024 @ 12:30PM EDT
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In this “technical writing” (nonfiction) class, students will focus on exploring, brainstorming and writing strong, one paragraph pieces. Structures include, but are not limited to: descriptive, chronological, definition, compare/contrast, process analysis, spatial, enumerative…. As this process is happening the students will learn how to use various stylistic techniques that match the appropriate structure, as well as which transitional words work best.

Powerful Paragraphs is a good option for the student who is not yet ready to tackle the five paragraphs expected in Middle School Writing. In addition, if you have a new or a reluctant writer, you will find it is better to build confidence rather than overwhelm your child with a class they aren’t ready for. This is a one-year class.

The goal is to help students focus on making every word count by choosing colorful, powerful words that create vivid pictures using the fewest number of words possible, as well as understanding the specific differences within each structure, and applying the appropriate transitions and stylistic techniques that lend themselves to each structure.

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.

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 course they will be able to respond to short answer questions writing a solid paragraph using advanced vocabulary and stylistic techniques. Additionally, students will know a wide variety of paragraph types to use for their writing.  Finally, students will understand the writing process from brainstorming to final draft.

NOTE: This class must reach the minimum of ten students by August 10th, to run. If we do not reach this minimum, parents will be notified via email.

Fabulous Class!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 31, 2023

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!

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MS, New Jersey

Thank you, Eva!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 31, 2023

“During the process, they might not like me; however, I know when they arrive in college they will thank me.” (Eva Goldstein-Meola)

This is one thing that makes you a good teacher and the reason that I will ALWAYS enroll my upper elementary/middle/high school students in a writing class taught by someone else!

Students need someone that is hard on them that is not also tucking them in at night! I appreciate your rigorous grading and emphasis on learning and progress. I keep telling my boys… if you were getting 100%, I would need to sign you up for the class. Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into every lesson, Eva.

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AS, Maryland

My kid loves Eva!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 31, 2023

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.

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KB, Virginia

Fabulous Class

Rated 5 out of 5
January 31, 2023

Ms. Eva was recommended to me when I was looking for an outside writing instructor for my kids after struggling with doing it myself. Her leveled IEW classes were a perfect fit for both of my children at the time.

The classes met my kids where they were in their educational journey. The skills that she taught them go far beyond just writing. She taught them how to read critically and extrapolate the important points of a passage.

After my son returned to public school, he had a fellow student in his science class ask how he was able to so easily prepare a one page outline of a passage in the textbook they were reading – it was the skills he learned with Ms. Eva and IEW that equipped him. I recommend Open Tent Academy to anyone looking for online solutions for homeschooling!

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NS, Virginia

Writing Classes with Eva Rock!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 31, 2023

Middle School Writing has been a blessing along with the previous writing courses our children have taken! Each class, Intro to IEW, Powerful Paragraphs, Perspectives, and now Middle School Writing are all a step-by-step process to help kids learn Language Arts through writing.

I need to admit, at first, I was skeptic!

My son (now in his 8th Grade year) was lost after trying another IEW class in the 5th grade; however, after speaking to Eva Goldstein-Meola at length, I tried to give it one more try!

Mrs. Eva has worked with both of our kids for the past three years and I am AMAZED at how they have developed their writing skills.

Additionally, I’m truly thankful, as their writing skills has overflowed into every course and email they write.

Although, sometimes time consuming, but if you follow her plan (30 min a day), and stick to the program…your kids too will become an amazing writers.

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ST, Florida

Wish I started OTA Earlier!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 31, 2023

I hesitated long and hard about Open Tent Academy and my only regret is not trying it sooner. Both of my kiddoes are taking math and writing classes. These classes are truly a gift. Ms. Eva’s IEW Writing Classes and literature are out of this world. Eva might be a tough writing teacher; however, she is fair and loves the children and her work. Jonathan’s United States History classes are amazing! I couldn’t be more pleased with OTA and plan on having my children take classes for years to come!

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TSC, New York

Amazing Writing Classes

Rated 5 out of 5
January 31, 2023

If it wasn’t for your IEW Writing Classes, which my son has taken for the last five years, J would, without a doubt, not be where he is today. The graduation speech you just watched was a direct result of your teachings.

I thank God every time he tackles a paper. He uses every skill he has learned from your classes. Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I know it is a business you run, but it is much more than that. You have truly changed my son’s life and future.

With gratitude.

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K.K., California

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