Every college-bound high school student needs to know how to use a research library and plan, organize, and write an 8- to 12-page academic paper with proper citations. This honors-level class guides students through each of these steps.
This 11-week class involves trips to two university or other research libraries, the specifics of which will depend on students' research interests; instruction in academic writing, including a refresher on the fundamentals of good writing; guidance on finding online sources appropriate for academic writing; step-by-step assistance with planning, organizing, and writing an 8- to 12-page academic paper; instruction in the use of Turabian/Chicago and MLA citations; and individualized feedback on the final project and throughout the process.
This class is offered by special arrangement for four students per semester. It is most appropriate for high school juniors and seniors and/or students interested in pursuing dual-enrollment coursework. Because of our 3- to 4-hour field trips to university or other research libraries, this class requires some scheduling flexibility.
This is not a beginning writing class. This class is for students who are already solid writers and want to take their writing to the next (college) level. Students must be able to commit to spending two or more hours per week researching and/or writing outside of class.
Admission is contingent on a writing sample.
"It's a great class! You get out of it what you put into it. My son has been using all these skills and more in his first semester of college writing papers nonstop with great success!"