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Writing with Confidence


Writing with Confidence

High School -1 Credit Course

Full Year Course

Meets: Thursdays, 9:00- 10:00 a.m. CST

Instructor: Angie Ferrell

Required Materials

  •   A library card
  •   Access to basic internet
  •   Proficient typing skills
  • Understanding of a suitable word processing software

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Writing with Confidence

Writing with Confidence is a year-long, 1 credit course that counts toward required high school level language arts in expository writing.

This college preparatory English writing course is particularly well-suited for upper-level High School students, as they will be undertaking an in-depth research paper as the culmination of their coursework. This skill is particularly important for students who plan to attend post-secondary education, especially those pursuing careers in the sciences, research, writing, law, the humanities, or any field where exemplary writing is expected.

In Writing with Confidence students will explore the craft of descriptive and expository writing, beginning with a review of the basic 5-paragraph essay, advancing to a compare and contrast paper, and culminating in the completion of a scholarly research paper. They will explore writing methods to improve their work to make it more academic and original, and how and why to avoid plagiarism. 

Guided by the instructor, they will investigate research methods and how to locate reliable sources for their writing. In addition, the course will expose students to and explain the use of academic writing formats such as MLA and APA, while fostering proficiency in essay organization, style, and mechanics that will carry into their educational and vocational futures.

In addition to building writing skills, Writing with Confidence will place a heavy emphasis on the importance of critical thinking, an essential life skill.

The course will consist primarily of weekly writing assignments, each of which will progress step-by-step from outline to essay, so the workload will vary from light to heavy depending on the week.  There will be no quizzes, workbooks, or presentations, other than in-class discussions, as the lion share of the student’s grades will come from the completion of their weekly homework. 

Required Resources for Writing with Confidence: 

Students will need the following as a minimum to participate in the course:

  •   A library card to access online or in-person scholarly research sources
  •   Access to the world wide web for basic internet searches
  •   Proficient typing skills
  • A functioning copy and a cursory understanding of a suitable word processing software, such as Microsoft Word or Google documents.


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