Forms of Composition – Ind. Study



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Forms of Composition – Ind. Study

This Independent Study opportunity allows students to choose three to four types of composition to submit to the instructor for feedback; the papers submitted should be final drafts and should be 3-5 pages in length. Students may choose any combination of the following: narrative (personal, focusing in on a singular, influential event), expository (descriptive, process, comparison, cause and effect), and/or argumentative/ persuasive. At least one of the papers must include the use of outside sources (research-based). All papers should adhere to MLA formatting. The instructor will provide a handout on MLA formatting before the semester begins. A writing rubric will also be given to students. Additionally, students will meet with the instructor before each writing assignment begins, and the instructor will provide guidance concerning: writing tips, reading to understand the purpose of each type of writing or to understand MLA format, etc.


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Jess Woods graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English Education. Upon graduating she taught in a public high school for three years before deciding to stay home with her children.  Since 2013, she has been teaching middle school and high school English courses online.  Jess is a life-long reader and writer.  She comes alive in the company of words and music, and she has a passion for literature that reaches through every part of her being.  She believes wholeheartedly that each person has a relevant voice and perspective, and she eagerly teaches her students to embrace their individual voices by exploring their own thoughts and learning to confidently articulate them.  It is her desire to encourage growth in all students (regardless of their love for English courses…or lack thereof).  She considers it a tremendous success if she can awaken a love of literature and/or composition in her students. Jess currently resides in Alabama with her pastor-husband, Josh.  The couple has three children, two dogs, and two cats.  While reading and writing are clearly on the top of her hobby list, Jess also enjoys all things musical, cooking competition shows, hiking, running, and traveling.

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