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High School Composition

One concept, infinite essays.

Writing an essay can be simple.

High school students can produce “A” essays with minimal fuss and maximum quality. The long, drawn-out writing process is obsolete in today’s technologically-advanced academic world.

In this course, students will:

  • Organize essays instantly using essay-specific graphic organizers.
  • Format essays into MLA.
  • Memorize the simple, no-fail formula for crafting introductions and conclusions.
  • Compose the following essays: process, cause-effect, compare-contrast, editorial, problem-solution, and argumentative.
  • Review concepts with seven quizzes and a final test.
  • Memorize and employ 23 college-level vocabulary words.
  • Become equipped with strategies for the ACT and SAT writing tests.
  • Read sample “A” essays and excerpts written by former students.
  • Earn .5 to 1.0 credit for composition on a high school transcript.
  • Practice self-assessment using line-itemed essay rubrics.
  • Master the three components of writing excellent essays.

Course Curriculum


  Intro
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  Lesson 1: Foundations
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  Lesson 2: Process Essays
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  Lesson 3: Cause-Effect Essays
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  Lesson 4: Compare-Contrast Essays
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  Lesson 5: Editorial Essays
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  Lesson 6: Problem-Solution Essays
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  Lesson 7: Argumentative Essays
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  Lesson 8: Test Prep
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Your Instructor


Lisa Dettinger
Lisa Dettinger

Lisa resides in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She and her husband have three children: two homeschool graduates (both in college) and one high-schooler. Lisa has a degree in education that spans PK-12, and has taught professionally in California and Wisconsin at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels. She has been teaching writing classes since 2010, and her own writing has been published for university classes, teaching journals and virtual charter schools. Lisa has presented various seminars and workshops for children, teachers, and parents in public schools, private schools, university-model schools, churches, and homeschool support groups. The name of her business, “PowerHouse Educational Resources,” reflects her desire for “God’s Power in Our Home.”


Why overcomplicate writing? Now it’s easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Decide which graphic organizer to use. (This determines the thesis and the structure of the essay.)
  2. Jot a few notes on the graphic organizer.
  3. Type your essay in MLA while discovering evidence to support your thesis.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do I need to buy a workbook?
It's up to you! A digital version is included with the course for free, or you can buy a hardcopy if you would prefer to use that!

“My son said he loved the ‘formula’ approach to writing and is actually looking forward to writing his next paper... WOW... I'VE NEVER HEARD THAT FROM HIM!!! Thanks for taking the scariness out of writing for him!”

- Becky H.

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