Middle School B: Analytical & Creative Writing

Age 11-14

Course Description

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 dives 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 focuses on creative fiction writing, including modules on character development, generating conflict, structuring plot, and manipulating point of view. In this course, students gain the skills to write compelling and precise arguments and an original short story. In the future, the skills your child gains here will help them write college essays, business proposals, and find creative solutions for any work environment.

Who's this course for

Age 11-14


Completion of U.S. 5th grade coursework in English/Language Arts

This course typically takes 3-6 months to complete. This depends on the student's dedication to homework, their previous experience, and the difficulty of course material. Our instructors move at the pace of the student, taking extra time to reinforce concepts as needed.

  • Course modules

  • Writing Workshop

    MSB1 Arguments & Evidence

    MSB2 Counterclaims

    MSB3 Analyzing Evidence

    MSB4 Integrating Evidence

    MSB5 Concluding Statements & Transitional Devices

    MSB6 Color Coding & Revision

    Check In #1

  • Fiction Writing

    MSB7 Character Development

    MSB8 Character Portraits

    MSB9 Generating Conflict & Structuring Plot

    MSB10 Manipulating Point of View

    MSB11 Writing an Original Short Story

    Check In #2

I love this course because analytical reading and writing skills are the most important for students to understand. With these skills they grow from the surface level of writing to the in depth analytical writing. Another thing that I love about this course is the Fiction Writing section. With this module, students not only learn how to enjoy the analyzing part of literature but they also get the chance to write their own stories while using tools that strengthens their own writing.

Ben C., Juni instructor

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