College Writing Made Simple 4

In this course, you will learn how to write a Problem-Solution Essay on the effects of single-use plastics on the environment.


Instructor: Richard P Carrigan, MSE
Dates: From July 2, 2018 at 10:00 am
Type: Live Online
Level: Intermediate (B2)
Cost: $48

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College Writing Made Simple 4 discusses the effects single-use plastics have on the environment as it develops a problem-solution essay. In this course, you will learn and practice the steps in writing a problem-solution essay. In addition, you will learn about paraphrasing, in-text citations, writing summary-responses, and understanding writing bias.


Section Topics Skills


Researching 1

Discussion 1: Plastics
Vocabulary: Key Words
Writer’s Biases
Reading Passage 1:
Listen to discussion
Learn vocabulary from context
Read for main ideas and supporting details.


Summarizing and Paraphrasing

Writing a one-sentence summary
Writing a one-sentence response
Paraphrasing 1
Summarizing passages
Responding to opinions
Paraphrasing passages


Understanding the Essay

The Problem-Solution Essay
Paraphrasing 2
Vocabulary: Synonyms
Grammar: Conditionals
Understand organization of a problem – solution essay
Use synonyms in writing
Understand conditionals


Researching 2

Reading Passage 2:The Environment
Discussion 2: Solutions
Grammar: Passive Voice
One-paragraph summary/response
Synthesizing ideas
Express solutions to a problem
Use the passive voice in writing
Write a summary / response paragraph


Writing and Revising

Writing the First Draft
Revise, Edit, and the Final Draft
Revise and edit

What are the Lessons Like?

College Writing Made Simple takes advantage of the short video to instruct students on key points.  Videos include many examples on essay organization, how to build effective arguments, and how to understand academic reading passages.

Each lesson includes a short video, a reading passage, downloadable handouts, interactive quizzes, and the opportunity to ask questions to the teacher.

Does the Teacher Grade My Essays?

Yes.  At the end of each course, students write an essay on the course topic.  The essay is uploaded for the teacher to evaluate. After the teacher grades the essay, the student receives comments and suggestions for revisions.

How Long Do I Have to Take Each Course?

You have as long as you need. There is no time limit. And because we want you to succeed in academic writing, you can email your questions and comments to your teacher.