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Elegant Essay
Part 2 of a Full Year Class:
Spring Semester Only Open to Students Who Took Mrs. Butterworth's Fall 2022 Class


This course is open to students who took Mrs. Butterworth's Writing Effectively course in Fall 2022.  In that class, students learned about several different types of writing.  However, this class will focus exclusively on essays.   Students will gain practice writing interesting and clear essays to share their great ideas with others.

In this class, students will learn how to:

  • Write an effective thesis statement

  • Grab readers' attention with an opening hook in the introduction


  • End well with a strong conclusion


  • Create different types of essays

    • Descriptive essays

    • Informative/expository essays

    • Persuasive essays


  • Research a topic

    • Brainstorming ideas

    • Evaluating sources

    • Note-taking, outlining, and planning


  • Cite sources in both MLA and APA formats

    • How do MLA and APA differ

    • When to use which one


Students will write several shorter essays of 500-1000 words.


Students will also have 1 longer essay of about 1500-2500 words.


Students will need The Elegant Essay student workbook (see below)



Most weeks will include about 3.5 hours of homework. Students’ writing speeds vary, but the goal is to learn writing by practicing writing a lot.


½ credit for English/composition.


Parents are responsible for managing the transcript for their student. The teacher will communicate the end-of-course grade within 2 weeks of the final class date.



Spring, 2023



  $140 per student

*Plus insurance and facilities fee.

See Registration page for details.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK, Provided by the Student:

Every Student must have a copy of
The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons by Lesha Myers

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