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Writing 2.0 - Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Reading course

$ 159.00 $ 195.00

Writing 2.0 is an intensive reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar course for middle school students. The course is geared towards preparing students for the English on the SAT and ACT tests.

We also ask that you provide your own smart phone for some in-class activities. (We have one or two extras to lend.)

What You'll Learn

Effective writing forms part of the foundation of a good education and is vital for long-term career success in many fields.

We train this vital skill by addressing several key areas:


To write well, you must practice. A lot. All students write one essay for every class, which is then read, commented on, and corrected by an experienced instructor.


You can't become a great writer without reading the writing of the greats. Each session is designed around a specific work of literature or non-fiction specifically chosen for reading level, appropriateness, and genre. Our curriculum includes such books as John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as short stories, essays, and articles.


Each session covers carefully chosen grammar topics based on students' actual writing, from common errors in subject-verb agreement to problems with flow, coordination, and awkwardness.


Each book or reading assignment includes a comprehensive vocabulary list of the vocabulary contained in the work assigned. Students are also quizzed on the vocabulary both for homework and in class.


Students are assigned a predictable amount of homework for each session--about one hour of reading, an online vocabulary quiz on the words contained in the reading, and correcting their previous essays written in class.


The regular term is 14 sessions, 2 hours each. The class meets in person on Fridays from 4PM to 6PM at 44 Montgomery St in downtown San Francisco on the 3rd floor.

Full schedule:

Day and time: Fridays, 4PM–6PM.

Location: 44 Montgomery St, 3rd Floor, San Francisco CA 94104. This is right next to the Montgomery BART station.

Dates: Jan 10, 2020 to May 1, 2020

No class (for holidays):

  • Jan 24, 2020 (Lunar New Year)
  • Mar 27, 2020 and Apr 3, 202 (SFUSD Spring Break)

Teacher: Erin Billy. Please note that in case of illness or travel, a substitute teacher may be arranged.

On-line option

Can't make it to the live class? You can use video software to participate in class. (We will provide full instructions beforehand.) The best part is that we can charge less if you choose this option.

You can also do all the reading and homework and write your essays just like all the other students in the course.

Please note that for this option, we have scheduled sessions with regular deadlines, so you should not consider this a self-paced course.

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