Middle School 2, Semester

This sixteen-week class gives middle school students an opportunity to write across the spectrum of forms and purposes while reviewing some basic grammar and usage issues related to writing. This is not intended to be a comprehensive grammar course, but focuses on basic terminology and concepts that will help them avoid problems common in young writers. The course begins with a quick review of sentence and paragraph writing before introducing students to the kind of multi-paragraph, multi-draft assignments that characterize most of our courses.

This course is offered twice each year, once in the spring semester and once in the fall semester.

Course Objectives

Students who complete the course will be able to…

  • Students who complete the course will be able to…

  • write for a variety of purposes, including narration, description, exposition, and persuasion.

  • respond to coach feedback on their writing through revising and proofreading.

  • understand basic grammar and usage terms that are important and applicable to writers.

  • demonstrate the proper usage of verbs, pronouns, and modifiers.

  • engage the writing process by employing the following five steps in composing every paper: prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing.

  • demonstrate comprehension of basic mechanics rules in their writing.

  • demonstrate proficiency at writing under time constraints.

  • improve their writing across a wide range of broad evaluative areas, including content, style and form.