Writing Program Overview

Our Approach

In grades 6 and 7, writing instruction is included within the Humanities, STEM, and Leadership courses. All key writing topics are covered within those three courses, and students learn to write comfortably across a wide range of topics and genres. Weekly writing assignments are based on that week’s readings, projects, and learning topics, and build on each other throughout the year. Writing at this level focuses on punctuation, spelling, and grammar.

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).