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“Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.”

~ Mortimer Adler

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

~ C.S. Lewis

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”

~ G.K. Chesterton

“If [the gospel] is dull, then what, in Heaven's name, is worthy to be called exciting? The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore-- on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe.”

~ Dorothy Sayers

Suggested age range: 11-16

Class meets: Weekly

Class length: 75 minutes

Number of classes: 16

Tuition: $280

Official grades: Yes

Required books: None

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Essay Writing: Zero to Sixty in a Semester


"She seems to be gaining confidence in her essay writing skills, and we are seeing her attack the assignments with much more self-assurance... She is enjoying the class and is learning much. We are so very grateful to you for the class. She is soaking this all up! I am thrilled."

"All the feedback Mr. Vogel gave to me was extremely helpful for all the papers we had to prepare. I learned that there are plenty of ways which would help me improve my writing. Not only did I learn a lot in the classes, I also bumped my grades up at home."

"Although he would still say he doesn't like to write, he is enjoying your class and admits that writing is not that bad. This is a huge step in the right direction."

The ability to craft a solid essay is one of the most important academic skills a student can develop. From high school writing assignments to the SAT, college applications, and of course, university classes, the benefits of writing well cannot be exaggerated. Unfortunately, for many homeschool parents it's also one of the most frustrating subjects to teach. Essay writing can be hard to explain and hard to grade, while students rebel against assignments that may appear boring and pointless.

Essay Writing: Zero to Sixty in a Semester combines two of Living the Answer's most popular classes--Intro to Essays and Essays II--to replace confusion with confidence and smooth the transition into essay writing by providing students and parents with the tools necessary for continued development. Because of the individualized comments that each student receives on his or her assignments, students ranging from 10-year-olds without any essay-writing experience to 18-year-olds looking for a last refresher before college have benefited from and enjoyed these classes.

Drawing on classical rhetoric's canons of Invention, Arrangment, and Style, Essay Writing: Zero to Sixty in a Semester covers:

Students will attend weekly 75 minute lectures, either online or in person (depending on the class). Afterward they will work on weekly writing assignments, approximately half of which will be full, five-paragraph essays. All assignments will be posted on the private class forum, where each one will receive a detailed, individualized critique with suggestions for future improvement.

"I enrolled her in the class because I wanted her to get feedback on her writing from someone besides me. The time you took to read the essays and give specific pointers on how to improve the writing was greatly beneficial for us... I was very pleased with the academic level of the class. She was motivated to work to her potential and made a good step forward in improving her writing. It was encouraging to see her excited to do a good job on her essays and to want to put forth the effort needed to make them better. She now has a good understanding of what good writing looks like so that she is able to evaluate her writing and determine where it needs improvement and how to accomplish it."