Writing 2.0 (Middle School) English course with a live instructor
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 that appears on standardized tests.
You will need a computer, Internet connection, camera, and microphone to join our course.
What You'll Learn
Effective and powerful use of language is the foundation of a good education and is vital for long-term career success in many fields.
We improve these skills 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 (outside of class, not in class).
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.
We regularly cover 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. We like using the actual vocabulary from the materials because the students can see the words in use and can benefit from repeated exposure to that word. (Did you know that the word countenance appears 32 times in the novel Frankenstein?)
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.
Classes are 2 hours each on Thursdays 4PM–6PM or on Fridays 4PM–6PM.
Teacher: Erin Billy. Please note that in case of illness or travel, a substitute teacher may be arranged.
You will have a live, expert instructor
This is a live course with a live instructor; this is not a self-paced course that you work through alone. (Real humans are always the best teachers.)