Writing Program Overview

Our Approach

In grades 6 and 7, students will engage in a self-paced course aimed towards improving spelling, punctuation, grammar and organization. Through video instruction and thorough and precise writing feedback on every assignment, students will increase in writing fluency, gain writing confidence, and strengthen their abilities to write clearly, cohesively and consistently following grammar writing rules and conventions. Students should plan to write daily (5-days a week) for 15-20 minutes each day to complete the course homework. Daily writing improves writing fluency and confidence and allows for prompt feedback helping students stay motivated and focused and to maximize learning.

Writing 8 A and B are specifically designed for 8th-grade students who are ready to learn and practice new skills, develop their individual writing style, and gain a new perspective about why writing matters. Students carefully explore each step of the writing process (inquiry, outlining, drafting, and revision) and reflect on the value of strategic writing.

In Writing 8 A, students lay the foundation for the advanced essay writing that will be required in high school and college: well-constructed paragraphs. The course includes grammar, spelling, and punctuation, sentence structure, and developing individual writing styles. When students have mastered sentence and paragraph construction, they’re ready to write three and five-paragraph essays.

Writing 8 B helps students focus their thoughts, clarify and develop their ideas, and choose patterns of communication that others can easily understand. Writing, therefore, builds their confidence and increases their likelihood of success in high school, college, and life. Students learn to focus, clarify, and develop their ideas in the format of three and five-paragraph essays.

Middle School Writing Courses

CoursesRecommended GradeCreditDelivery FormatPrerequisites
Writing 6 A60.5Self-PacedNone
Writing 6 B60.5Self-PacedNone
Writing 7 A70.5Self-PacedNone
Writing 7 B70.5Self-PacedNone
Writing 8 A80.5LiveNone
Writing 8 B80.5LiveNone

** Note: 6/7 Grade students have a rotating curriculum (they complete A and B one year and then C and D the next).