On-Line in time to prepare for the March 9, 2013, Test Day
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You should also buy the College Board's test-preparation
book for the new exam, The Official
Tech needs: Full Internet access.
Class Tuition Fee:
$130. Text: The Official
Interactive Rating: There will be interactions between the teacher and student as well as between the students as both teacher and fellow students respond to student writing. Because of the fast pace of this class, students should plan to check the web site and email at least twice a day during the week. The workload is heaviest during the first week and then tapers off towards the end.
Class Description: This is the sixth year, this class has been offered. Over the years I have observed that many homeschoolers had never written a timed essay. Many more had never written an essay in which they were asked to defend a clear position in writing. In fact the idea seemed foreign to them. This class is designed to introduce students to that important style of writing.
The primary purpose of this Four-Week Course is to
enable the students to organize and hand-write a competent 25-minute Timed
Essay that will address an issue assigned by the College Board. These essays
will measure the student's skill in developing a point of view on a variety of
topics. According to the College Board, "students must first think
critically about the issue presented in the essay assignment forming their own
individual perspective on the topic given; developing that point of view, using
reasoning and evidence based on their own experiences, readings or observations
to support their ideas." This skill will not only be essential for the
Students will write, get feedback, and then revise
three different typical
Students who have already scored well on the
Instructor Qualifications: Although, I received my B.S. in Secondary Education in Biology from the Millersville State College, my teaching experience has always included instruction in writing both in traditional school settings and at home. After leaving the formal classroom, I homeschooled for twelve years until my children went to college.
As a homeschool more, I led book discussion groups and writing groups in my home for several years. I also taught literature at a family school called Creative Homeschoolers Support Services. Many years ago, I edited a literary journal and recently, I served as a content editor for several books including One Day at a Time and God Stories from Lancaster County. I was an evaluator for twenty-one years and read many student essays every year.
Here are a few parent comments about my class.
“John* said he would have been doomed without the course. Thank you very much...It was a great learning experience.”
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“This class has been such a blessing for Mary* and me. She enjoyed the challenge the class provided and the positive interaction with the other students.”
*Student names changed for privacy.