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ravenburn academy

Ravenburn Academy is what we call the module classes we offer on a rotating basis. These classes are not dual-enrollment classes, which means that students use them for their high-school transcripts but not also for college credit. Students will receive transcripts from us showing the record of the class, and these Ravenburn transcripts will be redundantly archived at the Open Latch Education Foundation.

At this point, all classes below are offered only online, and they are mostly asynchronous. This means that students can work at their own pace with the texts, recorded video lectures, audio clips, and so forth. Many academy classes will have optional synchronized meetings to discuss ideas and assignments, and the faculty are open to communicating with students through calls, texts, and voice messaging (WhatsApp, etc.), when necessary.


Concepts Covered

Using an innovative approach to identify the main verbs of sentences, students use them to find the subjects, direct objects, indirect objects, and complements. Also covered:

  • sentence patterns

  • sentence expansion

  • verbals

  • sentence combination

  • major combination errors


Swordfish: A Guide to Sentence Mechanics (Kate Freeland). This book is included in the cost of the class and will be mailed to the student a week before the posted start-date of the class.


  • Completion of textbook (50 pts)

  • Two tests (retakeable, administered through email) (25 pts each)


There is no attendance requirements, as this is an asynchronous class.


There will be 5 online meetings that are optional attendance. The meetings will Q/A structure and will keep pace with the completion of the textbook. Students will receive a Zoom invitation for each meeting.


Email this address to enroll at least one week before the posted start date of the class:


$125, which includes the textbook. Enrolled students will receive a PayPal invoice.


Concepts Covered

  • Informational vs. contributive research

  • How to recognize a creative topics

  • Conventions in MLA and APA formatting

  • Quotation mechanics

  • Argumentative techniques (15)

  • How to write a review of literature

  • How to write a schematic

  • Opening and closing techniques


Other things you should know:

  • This is a discussion-based class with some writing, but there will be no major research paper due at the end. Instead, we will focus on the approaches and core pieces of a academic research paper, using case studies to exemplify our observations.

  • This class will meet twice a week via Zoom. Students must attend at least one meeting a week.

  • There is no required textbook for the class.

  • There will be recorded lectures that students must watch.

  • This is a high-school class but will focus on what a student can expect in college writing classes.

  • If students want to get started on the reading early, a list of readings can be provided to those who ask. The earliest this will be available is January 15.

  • While most material will not have objectionable elements, some profanity and sexual referencing is to be expected when dealing with secular sources.


Email this address to enroll at least one week before the posted start date of the class:


$200. Enrolled students will receive a PayPal invoice.

sentence mechanics
college writing techniques
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