12th Grade English
High School Credit 1

Course Objectives 

The goal of this course to learn how to write effective essays.  In addition to writing you should 30 minutes per session.  Click the link below for topics: 



Month 1 – Choosing a Topic 

Students explore why research is important. Students select a general topic for research, they make a list of key words to help search for information, and they find an overview of their topic. 

How to research any topic

Month 2 – Gathering Information 
Students become “research hounds” when they spend as much time as possible finding all the research available. This is probably the most time-consuming part of the research paper. Students refine their research subject and write a statement of purpose on their chosen topic. 

Gathering information for a persuasive essay

Month 3 – Compiling and Organizing Information 
Students brainstorm questions about their focused topic, group questions under similar headings, and add any new questions. In this phase, students begin to create an outline. They also begin thinking about a thesis statement and a Works Cited page. 

How to write an outline
How to create a works cited page
Month 4 – Preparing to Write 
After completing the outline, students start thinking about the first draft. Students list more key words, identify the best sources to use, begin making note cards, and create a “working” thesis statement. Brainstormed questions guide the note taking. 

Thesis statements
Note taking
Month 5 – Writing the Body of Your Paper 
Students refocus the thesis statement if necessary and write the body of their paper from their outline and notes. 

How to write body paragraphs

Month 6 – Introduction, Conclusion, Citations 
Students use this time to write the introduction and conclusion. It is also the time to include the parenthetical citations in the body paragraphs. 

Writing an introductory paragraph 
Writing a conclusion paragraph
How to write parenthical citations in APA style

Month 7 – Documenting Sources/Composing the Works Cited Page 
Students spend this month finalizing the citations and completing the Works Cited page. Any parenthetical citations must have a corresponding listing on the Works Cited page. This is the part that trips up many a student when composing a research paper, so they spend this month working on overcoming any confusion or problem in this area. 

How to create a works cited page in MLA
Month 8 – Final Draft 
Students now must carefully evaluate, revise, and proofread their paper. This is one of the most important parts of the process, and it’s also the one that students tend to do too quickly. Once finished with the laborious writing of the research paper, they must go through this part of the process more than once in order to submit their very best work. 

The Final Draft