How do you start to write?

Help students turn a blank page into a successful writing assignment.

Before students can compose a sentence, paragraph or full essay, they must understand the fundamental principles that guide those assignments. How do you start to write? What are the steps of the writing process? How do you turn a sentence into a paragraph? How do you organize complex paragraphs? This class helps educators of all disciplines show students how to write for the classroom and beyond. In "Student Success Writing Skills," K-12 educators seeking professional development hours can refresh their knowledge of academic writing and help students turn a blank page into a successful writing assignment. This self-paced class is delivered online and does not require attendance in a physical location. The course is offered all year round without date or clock time restrictions. However, participants receive six (6) months of access to complete the course after registration. In order to receive a certificate, all lessons must be completed at 100% before the course expires in six (6) months after registration.

  • ADE ID CODE: 3295082100000
    FOCUS AREA: K-12 Content
  • This course has been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) for K-12 educator professional development, and is worth 6 PD hours that count toward your teacher licensure requirements.
  • View approval status on our website.

Learning Objectives

  • #1

    Learn to write complete sentences and complex paragraphs that include research.

  • #2

    Get familiar with the stages of the writing process, and how to shape topics for different audiences.

  • #3

    Learn to form transitional phrases and thesis statements while maintaining a third person formal writing style.

Course Curriculum

    1. Welcome to Class!

    2. Video: Access the Class

    3. Video: Viewing Lessons

    4. Video: Downloading Materials

    5. Text: OnyxEd Student Lounge

    6. Text: Introduce Yourself

    1. Text: Top ELA Rubric Categories

    2. PDF: Rubric Categories

    3. DQ: Your Feedback

    1. Text: Grammar Testing Essentials

    2. PDF: Standardized Writing Skills

    1. Text: Writing Skills Practice

    1. Video: The Writing Process

    2. Slides: Writing Process

    3. PDF: Expository Essay Organizer

    4. Quiz: Writing Process

    1. Video: Good Sentences

    2. Slides: Good Sentences

    3. Quiz: Good Sentences

About this course

  • Free
  • 35 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content

What You Get

As an individual (single user) taking this class for personal or professional development, you have full access to class materials for your specified time of enrollment (no expiration for lifetime access). You must complete all lessons and surveys to receive your certificate. Learn at your own pace. The instructor retains all copyright ownership for all of the materials presented in this course. Any resources not directly written by the instructor are duly noted and properly cited. Students are expected to abide by fair use laws when printing course materials. No part of this course may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author.

  • Content Drip Schedule: 2x weekly
    Weekly Study Time: 2-4 hours
    Estimated Course Completion: 4 weeks
    16 Course Hours
    6 PD Hours

  • Video Lessons
    Lecture Slides
    PDF Handouts
    Weekly Reminder Emails

  • Duration: six (6) months
    Certificate of Professional Development


  • Is there a time limit on enrollment?

    Yes. As an educator earning professional development hours, you have one year (365 days) to complete this course from the date you register.

  • Why are there no refunds?

    All enrollments are final. No refunds. Our courses have taken copious amounts of time, energy, and personal finances to build. We are confident that all of our courses deliver the exact information you need to improve your writing skills and instructional techniques.

  • When will I receive my certificate?

    Certificates are immediately auto-generated when you complete 100% of the course, and can be downloaded from your student dashboard in PDF format. If you cannot retrieve your certificate, contact the Director.


“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”--Albert Einstein

Ashan R. Hampton


Ashan R. Hampton served as an English instructor in higher education for over 20 years. She proudly cherishes the distinction of being the first African American female graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, under the direction of Dr. C. Earl Ramsey, Emeritus. With her doctoral studies on hold, Ashan has found success in online education. She produces and teaches original writing and grammar courses for global audiences. Outside of academics, Ashan worked for short stints in the corporate world as a technical writer, website designer, digital content coordinator, proofreader and legal editor. She is also a self-published author who has recently released multiple books on grammar, writing, proofreading and copyediting, now available on Amazon, Lulu, and other popular booksellers. All book titles and ordering information are posted on her website at: