Online Class: Essay Writing 101

This course will examine the nature, history, and structure of essays; the various types of essays; and provide a refresher course in English grammar, focusing on the parts of speech and rules for good syntax.

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Course Description

Essays are a vital part of writing, both in academic circles and in many professions. Being able to write good essays is a rare ability and those that can demonstrate a mastery of this writing form will quickly distinguish themselves from those who write poorly. In school, this can be the difference between a good or bad grade; in industry, it can mean being passed over for a promotion, creating a safety hazard, or even limiting an applicant's prospective job pool.

Learning to write good essays will boost academic performance in school and college, but will also be a valuable skill in today's increasingly competitive job market. Creating concise, informative, and compelling essays can form the basis of many careers, such as authoring non-fiction books, getting into print journalism, writing legal briefs, rendering judicial opinions, or just creating some persuasive advertising text for a business. The ability to write a good essay is a foundational block that can unlock numerous opportunities.

This course will examine the nature, history, and structure of essays; the various types of essays; and provide a refresher course in English grammar, focusing on the parts of speech and rules for good syntax. Furthermore, examples will be provided of both good and poor writing, as well as common mistakes to avoid when creating an essay. When completed, this course will enable the student to better understand how good essays are written and how to go about writing them for academic or professional use.

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  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. Anatomy of an Essay

For the purposes of this course, an essay is defined as "a short written piece of non-fiction, often expressing the author's own personal and well reasoned viewpoint, presented in an organized and professional way." 36 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Essay Writing Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1: Anatomy of an Essay

Lesson 2. Grammar Basics. Part I. The Parts of Speech

In English, there are eight distinct parts of speech, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, interjections, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, and verbs. Additional lesson topics: Parts of Speech 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2: Grammar Basics, Part I – The Parts of Speech

Lesson 3. Grammar Basics. Part II. Capitalization and Punctuation

With a basic review of the parts of speech completed, we can now turn our attention to other crucial grammatical issues, capitalization and punctuation. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3: Grammar Basics, Part II – Capitalization & Punctuation

Lesson 4. Grammar Basics. Part III. Subject-Verb Agreement and Other Writing Mishaps

This lesson will examine the common errors made with regard to subject-verb agreement, as well as a number of other common and troublesome writing errors. Additional lesson topics: Compound Subject 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-APPENDIX.pdf
  • Lesson discussions: Grammar
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4: Grammar Basics, Part III – Subject-Verb Agreement & Other Writing Mishaps

Lesson 5. Types of Essays

This lesson examines each of the major types of essay based on these rhetorical modes, providing a brief definition for each, and further notes on using each style to the writer's advantage. Additional lesson topics: Types of Essays and Samples 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Types of Essays
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5: Types of Essays

Lesson 6. Topic and Thesis Selection

This lesson delves into the methodology for selecting and narrowing an appropriate topic for your essay. Additional lesson topics: Choosing an Essay Topic; Thesis Statement 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6: Topic & Thesis Selection

Lesson 7. The Argument, Research, and Citations

This lesson provides insights into creating a rationale for the thesis statement backed by other sources and sound thinking. Additional lesson topics: Essay Writing; How to Write an Essay 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7: The Argument, Research & Citations

Lesson 8. Outlining the Essay

This lesson covers the basic organizational structure common to many essays, as well as the role of reason in establishing a coherent, logical framework, on which to base the actual written text. Additional lesson topics: Essay Outline: An Ultimate Guide 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8: Outlining the Essay

Lesson 9. The Introduction

This lesson will examine various details of the introduction, including how to capture the readers' attention, and some poor introductory styles to avoid. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9: The Introduction

Lesson 10. The Body and Conclusion

This lesson will take a closer look at paragraph structure and how to create a satisfying conclusion for an essay. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10: The Body and Conclusion

Lesson 11. Revisions and Finishing Touches

This lesson discusses the process and techniques used for revising and polishing essays for maximum impact when they are finally read by the intended audience. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11: Revisions & Finishing Touches

Lesson 12. Some Final Writing Pitfalls to Avoid

This lesson examines each of these pitfalls and provides suggestions for the aspiring essayist on how to avoid them. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-APPENDIX.pdf
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 12: Final Essay Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 12: Some Final Writing Pitfalls To Avoid
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the anatomy of an essay.
  • Define the parts of speech.
  • Demonstrate capitalization and punctuation usage.
  • Recognize subject-verb agreement and other writing mishaps.
  • Describe types of essays.
  • Formulate topic and thesis.
  • Define the argument, conduct research and record citations.
  • Outline the essay.
  • Create the introduction.
  • Create the body and conclusion.
  • Revise the essay.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Essay Writing 101
Course Number: 57700120
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (2,074 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: June 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "My instructor had patience, she worked with me over and over until I understood what I have to write." -- Deborah E.
  • "This course was extremely helpful. I am an English teacher and needed this course for CE so I was very familiar with the material provided. It gave me a new insight to teaching essay writing and research writing that I have not seen--or rather seen put together so well!" -- Amy B.
  • "My prof was superb in extending her helping hand to understand all my downs in going through with this course." -- Mary Ann C.
  • "I found the explanations extremely helpful. I also liked how everything was divided into sections where it was easy to read." -- Patricia P.
  • "I enjoyed the instructor's comments and the coursework." -- Kathy C.
  • "What was most helpful was the instructor correcting my grammer and spelling." -- Patricia N.
  • "The progression of the assignments were most beneficial. By gradually building from learning the parts of speech and sentence structure, to outlining and drafting I acquired a strong foundation from which I built my final essay." -- Joan C.
  • "This instructor was very detail oriented and helpful." -- Chandradarshini B.

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