College Prep Writing for the College-Bound Student
Statistically, we know, and research confirms this fact, that the two greatest measures of a student's success in college are related to their ability to read and write well. In this class, students will master the reading and writing process. The goal of this class is to make students master communicators in college and beyond. This class will help students learn how to approach the writing process on a variety of typical college assignments. Students will also learn to read critically and defend their Christian worldview academically.
All pupils will receive on-going feedback on their writing as they progress through their homework assignments. Reluctant writers and/or special needs writers are encouraged to take the class due to the simplicity of instruction, balanced nicely with the depth of information. The instructor draws on her special education and college teaching experience to make the class fun, yet effective, for all learners.
Selected chapters from the textbooks, Essential Writing Skills for the College-Bound Student and Write to Think, by Cheryl Carter ( the author and instructor), will be provided complimentary to all students. There will be an opportunity to meet with the instructor midway (session six) via scheduled (20) minute meetings. The student’s writing strengths and weaknesses will be discussed in these private meetings. The instructor will also be readily available during her weekly office hours to meet with students as necessary.
Students will master the research paper, literary analysis essay, persuasive presentation and opinion composition such that they will be adequately prepared for all types of collegiate communication. Students will also improve grammar and writing readability as they complete weekly lessons and homework.
The course will require online interactions between students, their peers, and the instructor using the Zoom platform.
Required Texts/ Materials
Students will be provided online reading and writing materials through the Google Classroom.
Other optional resources provided by the instructor include:
Online thesaurus and dictionary
APA, MLA or Chicago citation source – resource provided by instructor
Selected chapters from the instructor’s textbook, Essential Writing Skills for the College-Bound Student (provided to students by the instructor)
College Writing textbook- used in college freshman classes- provided by the instructor
Topical sessions and weekly homework include:
Week One (1):
Five Rules for Readable writing
Composing the paragraph
Homework: Revising paragraphs.
Week Two (2):
More readable writing rules
Summarizing literature, sources and note-taking techniques
Homework: Summarizing sources and notes.
Week Three (3):
Verbs and readability
Thesis statements and effective outlines
Homework: Thesis statements and research paper outline.
Week Four (4):
Writing the research paper- (introduction, body, conclusion and citation)
Homework: Research paper first draft due.
Week Five (5):
Research paper II: Using faculty research paper rubrics to revise your paper and maintain word count
Homework: Final research paper.
Week Six (6):
Students will schedule 20- minute individual meetings with the instructor to review class material and student progress. Parents are invited to the meeting.
Week Six (7):
More readability techniques
Persuasive writing techniques
Homework: Respond to writing persuasive writing prompts.
Week Seven (8):
Argumentative and Persuasive Writing Part II
Homework: Write a persuasive letter to an opposing an issue.
Week Eight (9):
Professional Presentations using techniques taught
Homework: Professional presentations on selected topic.
Week Nine (10):
Wrap up- Revising Your work
Homework: Respond to a literary writing prompt.