StepUp 4 Writing

Gift Wrapped

StepUp 4 Writing offers a broad selection of online writing courses taught by certified teachers. Each course includes instruction, prompt and personalized feedback, weekly online assignments, teacher's comments, and corrections as well. Grammar is included in the writing.

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Don Maker

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$30/class

10wk/session

UC San Diego

B.A. in English

Enrollment is open for  

FALL

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Course Schedule 

FALL TERM

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Fall session begins 

16 AUG 2021

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once/week

Fridays

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Pacific Time

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15:30-16:30(G3/4), 16:30-17:30(G5/6), 17:30-18:30(G7/8)

WINTER TERM

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Winter session begins

10 JAN 2022

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once/week

Fridays

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15:30-16:30(G3/4), 16:30-17:30(G5/6), 17:30-18:30(G7/8)

SPRING TERM

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Spring session begins

21 MAR 2022

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once/week

Fridays

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15:30-16:30(G3/4), 16:30-17:30(G5/6), 17:30-18:30(G7/8)

SUMMER TERM

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Summer session begins 

7 JUN 2021

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once/week

Fridays

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15:30-16:30(G3/4), 16:30-17:30(G5/6), 17:30-18:30(G7/8)

DESCRIPTION

Each week, there will be an independent unit focused on reading
comprehension and simple writing. The first class will include a 1-2 page story (at grade level) about science, history, or famous people. Some reading comprehension questions will test basic understanding. Instruction will include vocabulary and how to understand what the question is asking and how to find the correct answer. The second class will focus on how to write a 2-3 complete sentence response to questions based on the text. Instruction will include spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and one aspect of grammar. The lessons will gradually become longer and the questions and writing more complex.
While the classes start at a basic level and become progressively more
advanced, the classes are structured so that students are learning skills that are in advance of public schools. In particular, formal grammar is taught, which is not a strong element in most public schools. The curriculum places students to be ahead of the curve, not struggling to keep up. While lessons are enjoyable and enriching, the academic and personal success of each student is always the highest priority.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Reading Comprehension: from direct information to the subtleties of indirect information, including analysis of the tone and bias in relation to the message.
Vocabulary: including pronunciation, definition and connotation, plus idioms.
Proper Syntax: includes word choice, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Brainstorming: how to develop strong evidence (information) and a thesis (opinion) on any topic, and then organize those ideas to create a powerful 3-paragraph essay.
Compelling Writing: includes clear ideas, excellent sentences from simple to complex, well-constructed paragraphs, persuasive arguments, and dynamic openings and conclusions.

WHO THIS COURSE IS FOR

1. Fourth or fifth graders (or very advanced third graders) who want to improve their reading and writing by at least one grade level.
2. Those readers and writers lacking in confidence.
3. Children wanting to improve their reading and writing for personal pleasure.

REQUIREMENTS

1. A computer/tablet with strong Internet and video/audio capability.
2. A printer or paper and pen/pencil.
3. A desire to master the English Language!

PREREQUISITES

No

COURSE INCLUDES

- one hour live online class/week

ABOUT INSTRUCTOR

Don Maker is a retired California-credentialed English teacher and an experienced, caring tutor. He holds a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from U.C. San Diego and an M.A. in Education from Chapman College, which includes a certificate in early reading. He is a lifelong student and loves to learn about many subjects. Most importantly, he strongly desires for every person he helps, whether child or adult, to succeed and enjoy the fruits of his or her efforts. He is patient and encouraging, and always tries to make learning fun.
He taught ESL for three years in Asia. As a teacher in American public schools (eight years) he taught AP and Honors English, ESL, and the English portion of the SAT. Other humanities subjects included public speaking and history (primarily U.S. and European). Since retiring, he has performed private tutoring (nine years) and conducted classes and programs for several private companies. In addition to the SAT, he has taught the ACT, ISEE, CBEST, and the CSET, which is the test to become an English teacher. Ergo, his knowledge of formal grammar and the new SAT essay (rhetoric) is very strong. He is also the author of five novels and one stage play that can be found on Amazon.com and other book retail sites.