I have had a wonderful year teaching online classes! The tech wasn’t as bad as I was afraid it was going to be. We didn’t really have any trouble getting papers back and forth between me and the students. And it was great to teach students from Canada, Florida, Chicago, Ohio, and more! So much fun!
I am excited to open up a couple more classes–and extremely excited for the interest from co-ops and small groups to join me! I’m still working out the details of the small group or co-op classes, but I would love to talk you on the phone to work your group in! (260-433-4365)
Also, if you have a group of four or more students, I would consider creating a writing or complete language arts class for your group possibly on a different day/time.
Here are the details as I know them so far!
1. Classes–Live, Online Classes will be Thursdays (times given below) except for last minute additions. (Watch the blog for these!)
Two semester classes—Please commit to at least one semester
On line CQLA B Jr High 10:30 – 12:00 pm (6th -8 th) $15/wk + $10/ month for book
On line CQLA C High School 12:00 – 1:30 pm (9th -12 th) $15/wk + $10/ month for book
First semester only classes
HS Essay 9:00 – 10:30 am (10th -12 th) $10/wk + $32 book—this will be a hybrid class—some online students and some in person!
Other Writing—TBA—Help Me Choose From a MC Book—samples here $10/wk + $32 book
Second semester only classes
HS Research Reports 9:00 – 10:30 (10th -12 th) $10/wk + $32 book—this will be a hybrid class—some online students and some in person!
CQLA C— (two semesters; please commit to one full semester)
For students at a 9th-12th grade writing level; complete language arts, including copy work, vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, grammar, usage, editing, prewriting, composition and creative writing. Students may count each semester of this as one semester of high school English/Composition as far as high school credits are concerned.
CQLA B— (two semesters; please commit to one full semester)
For students at a beginning 6th to 8th grade writing level; complete language arts, including copy work, vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, grammar, usage, prewriting, editing, composition and creative writing. Note: Upper level students may count each semester of this as one semester of high school English/Composition as far as high school credits are concerned.
High School Essays / Timed Essays – 1 semester
This class, using Donna and Joshua’s new high school books, Essays Only and Timed Essays, walks high schoolers who have written multi-paragraph papers through the entire essay process—Five Paragraph Essays, 1-3-1 Essays, detailed quotation use, writing with literature and historical examples, persuasive writing, our signature
ADVANCED Checklist Challenge, Donna’s 3 P’s of Persuasion, and much more. This class equips students for SAT/ACT Essays, contest writing, and other timed writing situations, and much more.
High School Four Research Reports– 1 semester
This class will take high school students who are accustomed to writing six to eight paragraph reports deeper into report writing in an incremental format. This book uses our signature “Overview Source” method with every step of the research process laid out for the student. Students will use MLA citation methods and will learn to create Works Cited, bibliography cards, outlining cards, formal outlines, and much more. This class prepares students for college research writing and uses Joshua and Donna’s updated-for-upper-levels Four Research Reports book. This is one of our most popular classes and usually fills up quickly—and has limited space due to editing demands.
Jump Start I: Remedial Writing for High School — (1 semester)
Remedial Writing (6th through 10th grade writing level—junior high and high schoolers without much writing experience should take this class). This class will use our new book, Jump Start I, in order to teach all previous skills, beginning with two paragraph papers through multi-paragraph writing of all types (essays, reports, and stories)—using CI’s Directed Writing Approach. From now on, this class will be called Jump Start I, and it will not say remediation in its title.
Jump Start II: Remedial Writing for High School — (1 semester)
Remedial Writing (7th through 10th grade writing level—junior high and high schoolers without much writing experience should take this class). This class will use our new book, Jump Start II, in order to teach all previous skills, beginning with four paragraph papers through multi-paragraph writing of all types (essays, reports, and stories)—using CI’s Directed Writing Approach. From now on, this class will be called Jump Start II, and it will not say remediation in its title.
2. Books–Check out the free samples of these books:
a. CQLA B
b. CQLA C
3. Semester Details
The semester will begin on the week of August 20th and run up to just before Christmas for a total of 17 weeks. Students will meet with me for sixty to ninety minutes a week (depending on class/number of students) online and will complete 45 minutes of homework per day on their non-class week days.
This class is open to anyone in the age range and ability level listed in #1. The classes will be divided into Basic and Extension, so younger students (or those with less writing experience) will have fewer assignments and fewer paragraphs/expectations than older or more experienced students.
5. Student Expectations
Students will be expected to attend class every week unless arrangements are made ahead of time for the student to watch the recording. (Parents should discuss this with me when enrolling; we want the class to be live so watching recordings will be a last option for necessary misses only.) Students will be expected to complete the homework assignments each week and scan/email their papers to me for editing.
6. Parent Expectations
Parents should watch the Create and Write From a Sentence-by-Sentence Outline and How to Complete the Checklist Challenge videos (you will be given access to the videos and documents upon enrolling in the class) so that they can grade their student’s outlines and Checklist Challenges. The only grading that will be done by the instructor for this class is editing of rough draft papers (before or after the Checklist Challenge is done but before the final copy is created). These videos are under 90 minutes total and will be available as part of the class for the first four weeks of the class. Final grades will not be given, but parents may use the edits and grades from the student’s papers for overall grading purposes, as needed. (See edited papers here for examples of what student edits look like from me.) CQLA parents may want to take grades on spelling tests, Think Fast Quizzes, Editor Duty assignments, and grammar assignments, etc., in CQLA. We will grade these together in class, and you can get your students’ scores from their books after we grade/review them.
You will be emailed a PDF of the book and will be expected to print this book and three-hole punch it for your student. Each student needs their own book in a three-ring binder. Additionally, students will need a medium set of highlighters (more than four colors), sticky notes, and a thesaurus (or online thesaurus).
A. Writing Only Classes—The class fee is $10 per week, $15 PDF fee (for your student use only), and $10 semester charge for our printing and outside editor per student. That is a total of $185. This is payable in three payments: $85 on or before the first class; $50 October 1st; $50 November 1st. You may mail checks or pay via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org PayPal address.
B. Complete Language Arts—CQLA—The class fee is $15 per week, $5 per month PDF fee (for your student use only), and $10 semester charge for our printing and outside editor per student. You have two payment options:
1) Pay in full for semester–$15/week x 17 weeks ($255); plus $20 PDF fee for semester; plus $10 copy fees per semester=$285 paid in full
2) Pay $85 on or before first class; $50 per month first of September, October, November, and December.
9. Class Size
We will need at least five people in each class in order to run each one with my assistant and outside editor help. We will limit the class to ten people total (unless co-ops or small groups use the videos separately–see below).. If you have a small group of students who want to do the class together, please call me right away to make these arrangements (260-433-4365).
10. Video Needs
Your student will need to be able to be on a device or computer (preferably not a phone) on the app called Zoom. I will teach there live and will have screen sharing capabilities should I need to show any part of my book to students. This app is free for attendees.
To register, email me at email@example.com with your student’s name, grade, address, email that you check frequently, and two phone numbers, if possible. Please also include parents’ names, any info you want me to know, and which number may be used for texting. Call with questions: (260-433-4365).
12. Co-Ops and Small Groups
If your small group or co-op would like to watch the videos and do the class together (when you meet), we can make special arrangements for this to happen (for the classes listed). For WRITING ONLY classes, there will be two prices for this option, based on whether you will be doing all of the editing yourself (as their teacher or co-op moderator) or whether you want each paper to be edited one time by Character Ink. (See edited papers here to decide on which track you would like.) Contact Donna personally to sign up for this option: 260-433-4365.
a. No editing–five students or more watching videos–$8 per week per student for viewing; $15 for PDF download; no other fees –total $143
b. One edit per project–five students or more watching videos–$10 per week per student for viewing; $15 for PDF download; no other fees—total $175
COMPLETE LANGUAGE ARTS—prices will be based on number of students in your co-op or group.
13. Recordings From This Semester
I would love for you to take a look at some of our live online class from this semester (along with portions of the book that go with that class). Check them out in these posts:
14. Sign Up by August 1st.
a. Sign up for families or individual students at the sign up portal here
b. Co-op and small group sign up will be through Donna at 260-433-4365
c. We will accept students after August 1st,but we whether a certain class is held or a different one is offered will be based on enrollment on August first.