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 90 days 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 90 days 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.

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.

  • Video Lessons, Lecture Slides, Quizzes, PDF Handouts

  • Clear explanations of writing strategies
    Engaging, effective instruction
    6 PD hours

  • Duration: 90 days, 24/7 Access

  • Certificate of Professional Development

Course Curriculum

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  • 1

    Before You Get Started

    • Welcome to Class!

    • Video: Viewing Lessons

    • Video: Downloading Materials

  • 2

    Writing Good Sentences

    • Video: Good Sentences

    • Slides: Good Sentences

    • Quiz: Good Sentences

  • 3

    Writing Good Paragraphs

    • Video: Good Paragraphs

    • Slides: Good Paragraphs

    • Exercise: Writing Paragraphs

    • Quiz: Paragraphs

  • 4

    Transition Words & Phrases

    • Video: Transitions

    • Slides: Transitions

    • Exercise: Transitions

    • Quiz: Transitions

  • 5

    Writing Complex Paragraphs

    • Videos: Complex Paragraphs

    • Slides: Complex Paragraphs

    • PDF: Sample Complex Paragraph

  • 6

    The Writing Process

    • Video: The Writing Process

    • Slides: Writing Process

    • Quiz: Writing Process

  • 7

    Thesis Statements

    • Video: Thesis Statements

    • Slides: Thesis Statements

    • Exercises: Thesis Statements

    • Quiz: Thesis Statements

  • 8

    Academic Writing

    • Video: Academic Writing

    • Slides: Academic Writing

    • Quiz: Academic Writing

  • 9

    Before You Finish

    • Student Writing Resources

    • Your Certificate

    • Course Review


  • Is there a time limit on enrollment?

    Yes. As an educator earning professional development hours, you have 90 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?

    When you have completed all lessons and assignments, you will receive a certificate within 24-48 hours after you have finished the class, not to exceed 7 days after course completion, depending on holidays and high class volumes.


Ashan R. Hampton

Instructor Bio

Ashan R. Hampton has worked as an English instructor in higher education for over 20 years. She is a proud graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program 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: