My daughter and I just recently had an opportunity to try out the online writing courses offered through Fortuigence. Our time during this review period was devoted to working through the Essay Rock Star Expository Essay Writing Course and are anxious to share with you our experience.
What We Received:
During this product review, we received a copy of the Essay Rock Star Expository Essay Writing Course. It is designed for students in grades 8-12 and retails for $57. This course utilizes the company’s 5 step process of essay writing. The course is self-paced so that it can be assigned to your child in a way that fits well into your weekly lesson plans.
There are no textbooks to purchase or additional materials to gather. The entire program is online with a very user friendly interface.
How We Used It:
After logging in, our daughter would enter the classroom by clicking on the tab by that name from the upper menu. The graphic above shows what she would see after entering the classroom. On the left sidebar, it shows which step of the writing process she is on. In the sidebar is also a checklist of which assignments have been received and reviewed by the instructor of the course.
At the beginning of each step, the student watches a short video about the specific things that pertain to this phase of the writing project. Immediately following is some additional text with things to look for as you write, samples of what should be expected, and any graphic organizers or tools that will be helpful.
After the material for the lesson is reviewed, the student clicks on the arrow next to the assignment to get more information on what they specifically need to do. A window is provided for the students to type their assignment directly into this textbox or they can choose to upload their assignment from a variety of file types. Our daughter did both depending on the assignment and had no trouble with either option. If the student is unable to complete the assignment in one sitting, she can save what has been accomplished and then return later. When the student is happy with what they have accomplished, the submit button is clicked. The checkmark in front of the assignment in the left sidebar will turn gray to signify that the assignment was successfully submitted.
Within 24 hours of submitting each assignment, the teacher sends feedback to the student via email. Withing that email, the student will either be asked to rework part of the assignment or be given the green light to proceed to the next step in the writing process. Once the student is cleared for the next step, the checkmark next to the previous assignment turns red.
At any time during the course, there is also an option for the student to click on the text that will allow them to ask the instructor a question. Like the assessing of the assignments, the turn around on responses from the instructor is very timely.
The Essay Rock Star Writing Courses get the seal of approval from this homeschooling parent. The process for successful essay writing is very structured and well mapped out. However, within that structure the students are encouraged to be creative in the topics they choose to write about and the perspective to share.
There are a lot of writing programs available to homeschool families, but very few provide the access to a live teacher. This was by far the best feature of this program compared to others. As a homeschool parent, I know that I want my child to be a solid writer, but do not always feel that I know what should be expected from them at different stages of their education. The instructor from Fortuigence has this knowledge.
In watching the interchanges between Lily, the instructor, and my daughter I saw how powerful Lily’s words of encouragement and genuine interest in my daughter’s work were in motivating her to reach beyond what she nor mally would have done in a typical writing assignment. It was an enlightening moment for me in better realizing how I can see the value in my child’s writing beyond just the requirements of the assignment.
I would highly recommend the Essay Rock Star Writing Courses from Fortuigence. It’s value becomes even greater for those students who are really wanting to refine their writing in preparation for college writing assignments. Many times our writing is the first impression that others form of us – why not shoot to be a Rock Star Essay Writer?
In addition to the Expository Essay course we used, Fortuigence also offers Essay Rock Star courses for Persuasive Essays, Textual Analysis, and Personal Statement Essays. Check out the link below to see what our other crew members have to share about all of the courses offered through Fortuigence.