10/8/14

Essay Rock Star Persuasive Essay Writing Course ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

I love math. I’ve found some great tools for helping me teach math. I don’t love writing. Yes, I see the irony in that statement. She has a blog, she writes reviews, but she doesn’t love writing? I like teaching writing even less than I like formal academic writing. Maybe it’s because I lack confidence in my own ability to write or maybe it’s just that formal writing is much more intimidating than informal writing for fun. I want my daughters to be able to communicate their thoughts in writing. I want them to be prepared for college writing. I know they need to be able to write formal academic papers if for no other reason than they need that skill for college.

Fortuigence: Writing Essay Rockstar~ A Review by Tess at Circling Through This Life

Fortuigence, founded by Lily Iatridis, offers online writing courses that prep students for high school and college writing. Ms. Iatridis is a former classroom teacher with a heart for homeschoolers.  Fortuigence currently offers a FREE course for parents, Top Reach, as well as full 1/2 credit course for high school students, Essay Rock Star.

The Schoolhouse Review Crew could choose from any of the four short courses that are part of Essay Rock Star. I let Turtlegirl choose which one interested her the most. She chose Essay Rock Star Persuasive Essay Writing Course. I think they all look interesting: Personal Statement, Expository Essay, and Textual Analysis.

The goal of each course is to teach mastery of skills. These skills are taught in 5 steps through 7 Lessons.  These lessons move at the pace of the student so length of course will vary from student to student but many students will finish in about 4 weeks or 1/2 of a quarter. 

Since Turtlegirl took the course (and completed it!), I asked her to write up a description of the program and how it works.  She also shared her opinion.

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Begin Turtlegirl’s Words:

Description:

Rock Star Essay Online Course utilizes a virtual classroom, comprised of two parts. The first part is the lesson itself. It includes a video, along with explanations and examples of what's being covered. For example, there are examples of a completed free draft in the free draft lesson (Note: you have to click on a link that will take you to another page that has the example. The example, as well as the outlines, are available as a pdf download for the students to have on their computer for future writing projects.) 

Students learn to brainstorm in one of the first lessons ~ Fortuigence Persuasive Essay Course Review at Circling Through This Life

How it Works:

First, I would log in and click on ‘classroom’. Then I would watch the short video which summarized the lesson. Then I would actually read through the lesson. When I came across an example, or template, I would save it to my ‘Rock Star Journal’ for use with later writing projects. After I looked at the examples, I would do work on the project part. I would write it out on my computer in my document writer program and then I would copy/paste it into the allotted space in the ‘submit assignment’ area. If I had the right document type, I could’ve simply uploaded the document. In order for the assignment to be sent to the teacher for feedback, I had to check the box marked ‘Finish’ and click Save/Submit.

I could not move on until the teacher had looked over my work, determined if and what I needed to work on before moving on, and then send me an email. Most of the time, I was simply told ‘Good job!’ and then some specific details on what I had done well. Then I was told ‘Go ahead and move on to the next lesson’. Another time, I was told “You’re doing really well, but you need to flesh out your main points’. I could not move on until I had worked on fleshing out my main points, and then submitting that ‘edited’ assignment. After I submitted it again, I had to wait for another email telling me that I had done the work to the teacher’s satisfaction. Then the teacher would tell me ‘OK, now you can move on.’

Opinion:

One of my biggest weaknesses is confidence. The method of feedback my instructor used did a lot to boost my confidence. Before I was told what I needed to fix, or change, I was told what I did well. And that was very important and helpful for me.

I also learned a better method for writing papers. Before, I thought I had to do the paragraphs in order. This course taught me that the paper turned out better and stronger when I did the body paragraphs before the introduction and conclusion. 

End Turtlegirl’s Words

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Tess’s Thoughts:

 Turtlegirl was this close to mastering persuasive essay writing.  She was able to obtain mastery with this course. She and I are both confident that she can write well. We’ll be taking those skills she has learned and applying them to other essay types. I love that she gained so much confidence in her own writing ability.

Students work independently at their own pace and skill level with Fortuigence short Essay writing Courses ~ Review at Circling Through This Life

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Tess,

    Thank you for your and Turtlegirl's review. I'm so glad that it helped cement her confidence. I especially love the picture of Turtlegirl pondering her assignment!

    Best,

    Lily

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