Writing and Research for High School

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Overview

0 Introduction to the Course 01:57

In this brief introductory video, I'll provide an overview of what will be covered in this three unit course.

Unit 1: Writing a Single-Source Literary Analysis Essay

1 Unit 1, Lesson1A: Analysis of a Literary Passage 12:49

In this lesson, I'll complete a literary analysis of a brief passage, primarily so that students will have a common text to draw from as we learn to structure a literary analysis essay.

2 Unit 1, Lesson 1B: Writing an Introductory Paragraph 13:30

In this lesson, I'll go over all of the required elements for introductory paragraphs when writing any academic essay.

3 Unit 1, Lesson 1: Review 03:25

In this lesson, I'll show you my introductory paragraph for the "White Heron" essay to help you compare and evaluate your own introduction.

4 Unit 1, Lesson 2: Selecting Evidence and Writing Analysis 23:41

In this lesson, I'll cover how to select and organize quality evidence, and how to write focused, effective analysis.

5 Unit 1, Lesson 2: Review 07:14

In this review, we'll look at the evidence I selected and analyzed for body paragraphs 2 and 3 for you to compare to and help evaluate your own writing for body paragraphs 2 and 3.

6 Unit 1, Lesson 3: Organizing Body Paragraphs 21:27

In this lesson, I'll cover the structural elements needed to give body paragraphs shape and organization.

7 Unit 1, Lesson 3: Review 07:24

In this lesson, I'll show you the structural elements I included for my body paragraphs so that you can compare and evaluate your own writing.

8 Lesson 4: Integrating Quotations 30:59

In this lesson, students will learn the three methods for contextualizing and integrating quoted evidence into their essays.

9 Unit 1, Lesson 4: Review 09:52

In this lesson, I'll show you how I integrated my quotations, and review the more technical aspects of quote integration.

10 Unit 1, Lesson 5: Writing Conclusion Paragraphs 10:39

In this lesson, I'll review the effective components and organization of conclusion paragraphs for academic essays.

11 Unit 1, Lesson 5: Review 02:56

In this lesson, I'll review the conclusion I wrote to help you compare and evaluate your own conclusion.

Unit 2: Writing an Expository Multi-Source Research Paper

12 Unit 2, Lesson 1: Database Research 17:14

In this lesson, I'll teach students how to access and navigate databases for conducting research.

13 Unit 2, Lesson 2: Internet Research 23:03

In this lesson, I'll teach students how to find and evaluate internet sources.

14 Unit 2, Lesson 3: Works Cited Basics 15:18

In this lesson, I'll teach students how to make bibliographic entries for database and internet sources, and how to format a works cited page.

15 Unit 2, Lesson 3: Review 06:59

In this review, students will be guided through a checklist to help them edit their own works cited pages.

16 Unit 2, Lesson 4: Citing Print Sources 06:03

In this lesson, I'll teach students how to find bibliographic information in print sources, and how to create bibliographic entries for them.

17 Unit 2, Lesson 5: Writing an Annotated Bibliography 09:55

In this lesson, students will learn what an annotated bibliography is, how to format an annotated bibliography, and how write effective summary and evaluative annotations.

18 Unit 2, Lesson 5: Review 04:00

In this review, students will be guided through a checklist to help them edit their own annotated bibliographies.

19 Unit 2, Lesson 6: Organizing and Outlining a Research Paper 21:48

In this lesson, students will learn how to organize and outline an expository research paper.

20 Unit 2, Lesson 6: Review 08:41

In this lesson, students will be guided through a checklist and examples to help them edit their own expository research outlines.

21 Unit 2, Lesson 7: Introduction Paragraphs for Expository Essays 11:17

In this lesson, students will learn how to structure an introduction and write a thesis for an expository research paper.

22 Unit 2, Lesson 7: Review 07:59

In this review, students will be guided through a checklist and samples to help them edit their own introductory paragraphs for their expository research papers.

23 Unit 2, Lesson 8: Embedding and Citing Evidence 21:19

In this first lesson on body paragraphs, students will learn how to introduce different types of sources, how to embed quotes into their writing, and how to create parenthetical citations for their sources.

24 Unit 2, Lesson 9: The Structure of Body Paragraphs 10:32

In this lesson, students will learn how to organize information within the body paragraphs of expository research papers.

25 Unit 2, Lesson 10: Writing Analysis for Expository Essays 11:41

In this lesson, students will learn how to write effective analysis in expository essays.

26 Unit 2, Lessons 8-10: Review 11:44

In this review, students will be guided through a checklist and samples to help them edit the body paragraphs of their expository research papers.

27 Unit 2, Lesson 11: Writing Conclusion Paragraphs 06:38

In this lesson, students will learn how to effectively structure and write conclusion paragraphs for the expository research paper.

28 Unit 2, Lesson 11: Review 03:35

In this review, students will be guided through a checklist and examples to help them edit their conclusion paragraphs.

29 Unit 2, Lesson 12: MLA Formatting 12:07

In this lesson, students will learn how to format their completed essays according to the Modern Language Association stylebook guidelines.

30 Unit 2, Lesson 12: Review 05:44

In this review, students will be guided through a checklist and sample to guide them through the final formatting edits of their expository research papers.

Unit 3: Writing an Argumentative Research Paper

31 Unit 3, Lesson 1: Writing a Research Questions 13:30

In this lesson, students will learn how to write a focused, effective, argumentative research question.

32 Unit 3, Lesson 1: Review 10:28

In this lesson, students will be guided through a checklist and samples to help them edit their own research questions.

33 Unit 3, Lesson 2: Vetting the Author 23:26

In this lesson, students will learn how to evaluate the credibility of the author of a research source.

34 Unit 3, Lesson 3: Evaluating Sources 30:59

In this lesson, students will learn how to evaluate the credibility of sources, including a close look at line of reasoning.

35 Unit 3, Lesson 4: Writing Thesis Statements 08:55

In this lesson, students will learn how to write an effective, focused argumentative thesis statements.

36 Unit 3, Lesson 4: Review 08:29

In this review, students will look at sample thesis statements, and evaluate for effectiveness.

37 Unit 3, Lesson 5:Organization of Argumentative Essays 14:25

In this lesson, students will learn how to effectively organize this more complex style of argument.

38 Unit 3, Lesson 5: Review 09:14

In this lesson, students will be guided through a checklist and samples to help them evaluate and edit their own research paper plans.

39 Unit 3, Lesson 6: Writing Introductory Paragraphs 08:39

In this lesson, students will learn how to write an effective introductory paragraph for an argumentative research paper.

40 Unit 3, Lesson 6: Review 07:28

In this review, students will be guided through a checklist and samples to help them evaluate and edit their own introductory paragraphs.

41 Unit 3, Lesson 7: Presenting Pros and Cons 20:39

In this lesson, students will learn how to organize and present both sides of an argument for maximum effectiveness.

42 Unit 3, Lesson 7: Review 15:25

In this review, students will be guided through a checklist and samples to help them evaluate and edit their own body paragraphs.

43 Unit 3, Lesson 8: Writing Conclusion Paragraphs 10:36

In this lesson, students will review one last time the structure and components of an effective conclusion paragraph.

44 Unit 3, Lesson 8: Review 05:11

In this review, students will be guided through a checklist and samples to help them evaluate and edit their own conclusion paragraphs.

45 Final Video 02:36

In this final video, I'll review everything we covered and you accomplished over the course of this class.

Writing and Research for High School 

Course Overview

In this course, student will be taken step-by-step through the process of writing three types of academic research papers. In the first unit, they’ll complete a close reading of a literary passage and then use that as the basis for writing an organized literary analysis essay. The focus of this unit will be teaching students the basics of organizing any academic essay. They’ll learn the function and components of introduction and conclusion paragraphs, all of the structural elements of body paragraphs, how to select and embed high quality evidence, and how to write effective analysis.

In the second unit, students will add in the research component. They’ll learn how to navigate research databases, how to conduct internet searches, and how to evaluate the sources they find there. They’ll learn all about citation—creating works cited pages, creating in-text (parenthetical) citations, and even writing annotated bibliographies. They’ll revisit the basic organizational components of academic writing, and they’ll learn how expository analysis differs from argumentative analysis. They’ll wrap up this unit by learning how to format their papers using the MLA stylebook.

In the final unit, students will learn how to write an argumentative research paper. They will use all of the technical knowledge they’ve already gained to help them make a more complex argument. They’ll begin by learning how to write an effective research question. Then they’ll return to the research process to learn how to more closely evaluate sources. They’ll learn both to vet an author of a research source, and how to evaluate the quality of the argument and an author’s line of reasoning. From there, students will learn how to present their arguments in this more complex essay type for maximum effectiveness.

Throughout each unit, students will read and evaluate real student samples, be tasked with completing their own writing projects, and be guided through editing and review of their work. By the close of the course, students will have written three full academic research papers.

This course includes:  

• 3 UNITS

• 23 VIDEO LESSONS

• 13 WRITING PRACTICE REVIEW VIDEOS

• 8 ONLINE QUIZZES

• 8 QUIZ KEYS

• 44 COURSE DOCUMENTS

• 20 ADDITIONAL PRACTICE EXERCISES 

• 10 HOURS OF VIDEO LESSONS

Course Goals 

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

o   Conduct internet and database research

o   Evaluate the reliability of sources

o   Evaluate the quality of arguments

o   Evaluate the reliability of authors

o   Write bibliographic entries

o   Write annotated bibliographies

o   Embed and cite sources

o   Format papers according to MLA stylebook rules

o   Write quality research questions

o   Write clear thesis statements

o   Select effective evidence

o   Write high-quality analysis

o   Organize a standard academic essay

o   Organize an argumentative research paper

o   Write focused, effective introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions

o   Carefully edit and review their writing

Target Audience 

This video-course is primarily intended for high school students in grades 9-12.

Course Requirements 

Students taking this course will need to have a working knowledge of sentence structure and the rules of grammar and mechanics prior to starting the course. In order to have success in this course, it will be important for students to:

o   watch all video lessons carefully (and repeat if necessary)

o   complete the writing assignments

o   carefully review written work along with the review videos

o   get comfortable with re-reading and changing your work! 

Course Units

Unit 1: Writing a Single-Source Literary Analysis Essay

Lesson 1A: Analysis of a Literary Passage

Lesson 1B: Writing an Introductory Paragraph

o   Lesson 1: Review

Lesson 2: Selecting Evidence and Writing Analysis

o   Lesson 2: Review

Lesson 3: Organizing Body Paragraphs

o   Lesson 3: Review

Lesson 4: Integrating Quotations

o   Lesson 4: Review

Lesson 5: Writing Conclusion Paragraphs

o   Lesson 5: Review

Unit 2: Writing an Expository Research Paper

            Lesson 1: Database Research

            Lesson 2: Internet Research

            Lesson 3: Works Cited Basics

o   Lesson 3: Review

            Lesson 4: Citing Print Sources

            Lesson 5: Writing an Annotated Bibliography

o   Lesson 5: Review

            Lesson 6: Organizing and Outlining a Research Paper

o   Lesson 6: Review

            Lesson 7: Writing Introductory Paragraph for Expository Essays

o   Lesson 7: Review

            Lesson 8: Introducing and Embedding Quotations and Creating Parenthetical Citations

            Lesson 9: The Structure of Body Paragraphs

            Lesson 10: Writing Analysis for Expository Essays

o   Lesson 8-10: Review

            Lesson 11: Writing Conclusion Paragraphs

o   Lesson 11: Review

            Lesson 12: MLA Formatting

o   Lesson 12: Review

Unit 3: Writing an Argumentative Research Paper

            Lesson 1: Writing a Research Question

o   Lesson 1: Review

            Lesson 2: Vetting the Author

            Lesson 3: Evaluating your Sources

            Lesson 4: Writing an Argumentative Thesis

o   Lesson 4: Review

            Lesson 5: Organization of Argumentative Essays

o   Lesson 5: Review

            Lesson 6: Writing Introductory Paragraphs

o   Lesson 6: Review

            Lesson 7: Presenting Pros and Cons

o   Lesson 7: Review

            Lesson 8: Writing Conclusion Paragraphs

o   Lesson 8: Review

            Lesson 9: Final Notes

 

 

           

 

  • Teacher: Barbara
  • Areas of expertise: English Language Arts, Grades 6-12, special focus in teaching composition
  • Education: Bachelor's degree in English, concentration in writing (Towson University); Master of Arts in Teaching, concentration in secondary-level English (Towson University); Master's degree in English, Rhetoric and Composition (University of South Florida)
  • Interests: Reading, writing, swimming, yoga, baking, parenting my three kiddos
  • Skills: Teaching composition; clarity and organization; methodical, no-fail writing process
  • Associations: National Council of Teachers of English, Golden Key National Honor Society, National Education Association
  • Issues I care about: High-quality education as the cornerstone of any functioning democracy

I am an educator with nearly 20 years of experience. I’ve taught on the middle, high school, and college level, in public and private schools. In addition to my experience as a classroom teacher, I’ve trained new teachers, and helped to develop online composition courses on the university level. My focus has long been on teaching composition, as I believe it is among the most important skills students can carry with them into college and beyond. I believe that writing is both powerful and empowering, and that every student has the potential to experience that power. I also know that education is one of the world’s most important equalizing forces, and I am proud to have made my life’s work there.

All Quiz Keys

This resource includes the text and answers to all 8 course quizzes, along with additional explanation.
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