This course covers the fundamentals of essay writing using tailored writing lessons that employ both expository and literary texts. Students will learn how to analyze rhetorical devices such as irony, symbolism, and metaphor.

Spring 2019 Schedule

Week Wed
1 2/27/19
2 3/6/19
3 3/13/19
4 3/20/19
5 3/27/19
BREAK 4/3/19
6 4/10/19
7 4/17/19
8 4/24/19
9 5/1/19
10 5/8/19


Course Syllabus (Topics Covered): how to plan an essay, how to write an effective hook/bridge/thesis/topic sentence, how to select appropriate supporting details, how to perform significant analysis, and how to conclude both paragraphs and essays as a whole.

Who should attend (Eligibility): students who will be entering 7th or 8th grade in the Fall. It is NOT recommended for ELD students.

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of critical reading and some expository writing experience would be ideal. Every student will be required to write a diagnostic essay before the course begins & then one at the end of course to measure their progress.

Text Required: All reading texts will be provided in class & there will be some instructional videos to watch as well

Homework Assignments: The course is designed for in-class writing only. There is no homework, but all students must complete their work in class. No excuses are accepted for not completing at least a complete writing exercise by the end of class. Most classes will require a full essay or paragraph.