Juni English for ages 7-18 is driven by meaningful projects that teach students how to read strategically, think critically, and write clearly. Adapted from the Common Core State Standards, we offer courses from elementary to the high school level, designed for kids to lead their own learning for their level and interests. Students who enjoy personalized instruction or need an extra boost of confidence in their reading and writing skills will thrive in our core, skills-based courses for their grade level. Aspiring writers who want a creative challenge to add to their portfolio of original work will love our Novel Writing elective course. Each course generally takes 3-6 months to complete.

Elementary School

  • Discovering the Joy of Reading

    Ages 7-9

    Early Elementary A

    In this playful, discovery-based course, 2nd and 3rd grade students will unlock the reading skills they already possess with personalized guidance from their instructor. Based on the Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, and Language categories of Common Core State Standards for 2nd and 3rd grade English/Language Arts, this course enables students to build an authentic, personalized understanding of literacy concepts through games, visual arts, and storytelling activities. Students will deliver a kid-friendly news report using Juni’s Recording Studio to discover how to identify the central idea of a nonfiction text, storyboard a movie on an interactive whiteboard to discover how to parse the moral of a fictional story, and draw idioms to discover how to identify figurative language.

  • Write Your Own Picture Book

    Ages 7-9

    Early Elementary B

    In this course, 2nd and 3rd grade students will discover and master writing and presentation skills so that they can author and present an original picture book! At the end of the course, Juni will provide families with detailed instructions to upload and order their book from a trusted vendor. These books give students a tangible result of their learning and work, and they make great gifts for grandparents and friends. Along the way, students will play vocabulary games to discover parts of speech, solve riddles to learn the rules of capitalization and punctuation, practice opinion writing and narrative writing, and learn strong presentation skills. Based on the Writing, Language, and Speaking/Listening categories of Common Core State Standards for 2nd and 3rd grade English/Language Arts, this course enables students to acquire an authentic, personalized understanding of writing, language, and presentation concepts while they build the skills necessary to author and present their own books.

Middle School

  • Reading & Analyzing Literature

    Ages 11-14

    Middle School A

    This course challenges students to master middle school level skills in reading and analyzing literature, based on the Reading Literature category of Common Core State Standards for 6th-8th grade English/Language Arts. As students develop mastery of reading comprehension and analytical writing skills, they practice writing short pieces of original fiction by employing the same elements of craft that they are learning to notice in their reading and analysis. Each of Juni’s core English courses is designed with flexible text sets that our curriculum team curates and authors in-house to suit a range of reading levels and student interests. With 32+ projects and 90+ short texts that students can choose, Middle School A provides students with frequent and diverse opportunities to practice and master the skills of reading and analyzing literature.

  • Analytical & Creative Writing

    Ages 11-14

    Middle School B

    This course challenges students to master middle school level skills in writing, both analytical and creative, based on the Writing category of Common Core State Standards for 6th-8th grade English/Language Arts. The first half of the course is a deep dive into analytical, arguable writing about works of fiction, including modules about writing claims and counterclaims, integrating and analyzing evidence, and revision. The second half of the course is a deep dive into creative, fiction writing, including modules about character development, generating conflict, structuring plot, and manipulating point of view. With 24+ projects, by the end of this course, students will be able to write a compelling and precise arguable paragraph and an original short story.

  • Grammar & Mechanics

    Ages 11-14

    Middle School C

    Grammar doesn’t have to be boring; by weaving grammar instruction into fun writing projects, this course introduces students to the joys of writing both creatively and correctly. The curriculum challenges students to master middle school level skills in grammar and mechanics, based on the Language category of Common Core State Standards for 6th-8th grade English/Language Arts. As students develop mastery of language skills, they will apply those skills to writing original, personal narrative essays, making visible to each student the purpose of learning correct grammar and mechanics. Topics include parts of speech; sentence types; correct punctuation of phrases and clauses; and correct usage of commas, dashes, parentheses, and ellipses.

Novel Writing

  • Novel Writing

    Ages 11-18

    In this ambitious, project-based, creative writing elective, aspiring authors will write an original novel or long form work of their choice. Writing a novel is no small feat for most adults, but at Juni we believe that with the right instruction and coaching, middle and high school students are up to the challenge! Through the ongoing project of writing an original novel, students build fundamental creative writing skills. At the beginning of the course, each student sets a word count goal with their instructor. Students expand their creativity by drafting scenes of their novel in almost every session with their instructors, and they practice accountability by hitting word count targets before moving onto subsequent modules. Along the way, students learn and apply the foundational elements of novel writing, including character development, narrative structure, setting description, plot creation, and dialogue craft. This course is open to middle and high school students.

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