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Crafting an Argument: Basic Composition


 with Rachel Perry

short description:
grammar, essay-writing, organization, transitions, introductions, conclusions, etc.
long description:
I will instruct you on all aspects of crafting an argumentative essay (in other words, an essay that argues for one particular point-of-view). We will discuss everything from the introduction to the conclusion (including the bibliography, if you'd like), as well as ways to organize your writing, improve your time-management skills while writing, create smoother transitions between sentences and paragraphs, incorporate quotations into your writing, and improve your grammatical skills. You will learn to communicate effectively through writing, which will be an asset to you in whatever profession you choose. Your writing skills have a tremendous impact on the way others perceive you, and I will teach you to communicate your viewpoint in a way that is concise, clear, and well organized. During this course, you will write about topics of your choosing; alternatively, I am happy to select writing topics for you, if you'd prefer. You will write four short essays, and I will provide you with extensive feedback on your writing.
level of difficulty:
all welcome
minimum class size:
Afternoons and evenings.
fee comments:
Fee includes eight online course hours, to be scheduled at your convenience, as well as lengthy, detailed feedback and editorial comments on your work.
 session structure





Crafting an Argument: Basic Composition

live session

grammar, essay-writing, organization, transitions, introductions, conclusions, etc.

3h 0m

total duration: 3h 0m over 1 session(s)
comments: I'd like to meet with you online for eight one-hour sessions. Outside of this time frame, you will do your own writing and submit it to me, and I will send it back to you with my detailed commentary. During our online sessions, we can discuss your writing (or you can feel free to get in touch with me outside of our sessions with extra questions, etc.).

Available to book on the following pre-scheduled starting dates:

start: (GMT) 11 September 2010 16:00 internet time: @708 | view full details |

languages: English
duration: 3h 0m
fee: 350US$  (3500lp)
payment: at booking
delivery method: live online

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United States

Rachel Perry

description of :
I have a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Maine, and I spent four semesters there teaching college composition (essentially, the same class I'll be teaching here). My students had to submit a final portfolio of their writing at the end of the semester to be graded by other professors, and my students have had a 99% pass rate. I have had wonderful feedback from my students, and I genuinely love teaching writing. I also have several years of professional writing and editing experience, both full-time and freelance. As a teacher, I am patient, thorough, hard-working, and creative, and I will do whatever it takes to help my students succeed.
Teacher's qualifications:
College Writing Instructor 2008-2010
English Department, University of Maine at Orono
• Independently taught ENG 101 (College Composition) for four consecutive semesters and managed all aspects of the course.
• Instructed first-year students in persuasive/argumentative writing, grammar and mechanics, and other fundamentals of writing, and helped them learn to edit their own writing through detailed written feedback and tutoring.

Poetry Editor 2008-2009
Stolen Island Review, University of Maine at Orono
• Helped to run the university’s graduate literary magazine and acted as the editor for the poetry section, choosing and editing submissions.

Journalist 2006-2008 Suburban Publications, Pennsylvania
• Wrote for The Suburban and Wayne Times and PLAY Philly Magazine as a full-time reporter covering Philadelphia news and entertainment.
• Acted as the primary photographer for the majority of my articles.
• Covered a wide variety of stories, including hard news, restaurant reviews, interviews, profiles, etc. and addressing topics such as health, education, local development, business, arts/entertainment, and crime (to name a few).
• Frequently assisted the editor-in-chief with editing decisions, copyediting, and layout.

Test-Preparation Coach 2006-2007
Princeton Review, Pennsylvania
• Coached high-school students privately and in small groups in the areas of critical reading, argumentative writing, and mathematics to prepare for the SAT exam.

Teaching/Writing Assistant 2005
EQUIP (Academic Support Services), Eastern University, Pennsylvania
• Worked with incoming college freshmen during EQUIP, an intensive summer program designed to help students prepare academically and socially for their college experience.
• Independently ran the campus writing center in the evenings.
• Lived with students in the residence hall and acted as a teaching and writing assistant to aid them in the program’s Fundamentals of Writing course.

Writing Assistant 2005-2006
Eastern University Writing Center, Pennsylvania
• Tutored undergraduate and graduate students in the campus writing center, and worked one-on-one with them to help them improve their writing skills.

Teaching Assistant, Fundamentals of Writing 2005
Eastern University, Pennsylvania
• Assisted the director of the campus writing center in his ENG 091 and ENG 101 courses for two semesters.
• Taught weekly grammar lessons, fielded questions, worked individually with students and graded tests and papers.

University of Maine, 2010
Master’s Degree, English with a concentration in writing.

Eastern University, 2006
Bachelor’s Degree, English with a concentration in writing.

's preferred teaching style:
I will be providing you with live online tutoring and instruction, and you will have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you'd like. I will also provide you with short writing assignments to help you successfully demonstrate the skills you've learned, and I will give you full feedback (most likely through Microsoft Word's commenting feature). At the end of this course, you will be a stronger and more confident writer, which will, no doubt, be an enormous asset to you in whatever field you choose to pursue.

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