HOW DOES IT WORK?
For the 2017-2018 academic year, each student in the service will receive personalized grading for four Old Western Culture exams, and coaching and grading on 3 papers written throughout the year. Writing in the first semester will focus on producing two shorter essays (500-750 words) and honing skills in advancing and defending a thesis statement. The second semester’s writing will focus on one longer paper (1,500 words) written in two stages, the rough draft and the final draft. Each student will develop a thesis around something they are studying in the student’s current year of Old Western Culture.
The advisor will coach the student through each stage of the writing process for the final paper, and be available for questions and advice during virtual office hours throughout the school year. At the end of the year, the advisor will assign each student a grade for the course based on the four exams and the three papers.
No writing experience or prerequisite course necessary. Though this is not a class unto itself, our tutor is more than happy to answer questions and work with students to give advice and feedback tailored to their level of experience.
Students will grow their writing skills, including practice in:
- writing a topic proposal
- developing a thesis statement and abstract
- writing a first draft
- polishing a final draft.
- creating academic citations and bibliographies
The schedule for exam and paper due dates will follow the Roman Roads Classroom schedule. Students who are following a co-op or course using Old Western Culture in a different setting are welcome to use the service, but should be aware that their schedule may be different than the Roman Roads schedule for exam due dates. Exams given through Roman Roads assume completion of the full nine-week schedule for each unit. If due dates or content completion differ, the student using the exam grading and writing is welcome to drop those exams that don’t match their schedule.
NOTE: Grading and writing services are already included with the live flipped-classroom recitations.