Schedule & Class Descriptions

Summer 2021

Write Ahead offers writing classes for 3rd-10th graders and ISEE/SSAT classes

All classes are online

Analytic Writing

Writing classes are focused on expository/analytic writing strategies - developing and proving a claim or thesis statement.  The curriculum follows an evidence-based teaching methodology whereby classes cycle through the full writing cycle.  Each cycle includes explicit writing strategies, tools and processes appropriate for the age-level.  Students typically complete an essay every 4-5 classes. For additional information please see class descriptions at the bottom of this page.  Max of 10 students/class.  

ISEE/SSAT

The ISEE/SSAT class is a comprehensive test-prep class that covers math, verbal, reading comprehension, and writing.  Classes will cycle through presenting strategies for how to approach each section and different types of problems, practicing problems, and reviewing concepts missed.  Progress will be measured by comparing a pre-class test (we will provide) to scores on sections and practice tests throughout the class.  Students will have homework plus be asked to learn new vocabulary words each day.   Max of 8 students per class. 

College Essay Writing

This class guides students through the process of developing a story, based on a personal experience, that could comprise a personal statement for one of the Common App prompts.  The story will reveal their character and personality, delving into experience(s) that influenced them and the resulting evolution of their thinking.  Students will be taught to write about themselves in a manner that is expressive, detailed, revealing and memorable.  See more . . . 

Adult Students

Summer 2021 Schedule & Tuition - Writing & ISEE/SSAT Classes

Writing: 3 Week Session 1 - Daily Classes Mon-Thurs - June 28 - July 16 (no class Mon July 5)

Writing: 3 Week Session 2 - Daily Classes Mon-Thurs - July 19 - Aug 6

Writing: 8 Week Session 3 - 2 Evenings/Week - June 28 - Aug 13 (no class Mon July 5)

ISEE/SSAT: 4 Week Session 1 - Daily Classes Mon-Fri - June 21 - July 16 (no class Mon July 5)

ISEE/SSAT: 4 Week Session 2 - Daily Classes Mon-Fri - July 19 - Aug 13

College Essay Writing - Sunday Evenings - June 27 - Aug 14 (no class Sun July 4)

Class times & pricing (scroll right in table for pricing)

Title
DayTime
Pricing
College Essay Writing Class
Sun 7:00-8:30pm EST June 27 - Aug 15
$449
ISEE/SSAT Lower-level (rising 5th)
Mon-Fri 8:30-9:25am EST Jun 21 - Jul 16 (no class Mon Jul 5)
$759
ISEE/SSAT Lower-level (rising 5th)
Mon-Fri 1:00-1:55pm EST (1000 Pacific) Jun 21 - Jul 16 (no class Mon Jul 5)
$759
ISEE/SSAT Lower-level (rising 5th)
Mon-Fri 8:30-9:25am EST Jul 19 - Aug 13
$799
ISEE/SSAT Mid-level (rising 6th & 7th)
Mon-Fri 9:30 - 11:00 EST Jun 21 - Jul 16 (no class Mon Jul 5)
$999
ISEE/SSAT Mid-level (rising 6th & 7th)
Mon-Fri 9:30 - 11:00 EST Jul 19 - Aug 13
$999
ISEE/SSAT Upper-level (rising 8th)
Mon-Fri 11:15 - 12:45 EST Jul 19 - Aug 13
$999
ISEE/SSAT Upper-level (rising 8th)
Mon-Fri 11:15 - 12:45 EST Jun 21 - Jul 16 (no class Mon Jul 5)
$999
Rising 3rd Grade Develop & Support a Claim
Mon-Thurs 9:00-10:30 EST Jul 19 - Aug 6
$599
Rising 3rd Grade Develop & Support a Claim
Mon-Thurs 9:00-10:30 EST Jun 28 - Jul 16 (no class Mon Jul 5)
$559
Rising 3rd Grade Develop & Support a Claim
Tue/Thurs 6:15-7:15 EST (315 Pacific) Jun 28-Aug 13
$569
Rising 4th Grade Develop, Support and Strengthen a Claim
Tue/Thurs 6:15-7:15 EST (315 Pacific) Jun 28-Aug 13
$569
Rising 4th Grade Develop, Support and Strengthen a Claim
Mon-Thurs 9:00-10:30 EST Jul 19 - Aug 6
$599
Rising 4th Grade Develop, Support and Strengthen a Claim
Mon-Thurs 9:00-10:30 EST Jun 28 - Jul 16 (no class Mon Jul 5)
$559
Rising 4th Grade Develop, Support and Strengthen a Claim
Mon-Thurs 1:00-2:30 EST (1000 Pacific) Jul 19 - Aug 6
$599
Rising 5th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Paragraphs
Mon/Wed 6:15-7:15 EST (315 Pacific) Jun 28 - Aug 13 (no class Mon Jul5)
$579
Rising 5th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Paragraphs
Mon-Thurs 9:45-11:45 EST Jul 19 - Aug 6
$699
Rising 5th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Paragraphs
Mon-Thurs 9:45-11:45 EST Jun 28 - Jul 16 (no class Mon Jul 5)
$679
Rising 6th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Methods
Mon-Thurs 9:45-11:45 EST Jul 19 - Aug 6
$699
Rising 6th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Methods
Mon-Thurs 9:45-11:45 EST Jun 28 - Jul 16 (no class Mon Jul 5)
$679
Rising 6th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Methods
Mon/Wed 6:15-7:15 EST (315 Pacific) Jun 28 - Aug 13 (no class Mon Jul5)
$579
Rising 7th Grade Expository Analysis Essays
Mon-Thurs 11:00-1:00 EST Jul 19 - Aug 6
$699
Rising 7th Grade Expository Analysis Essays
Mon-Thurs 11:00-1:00 EST Jun 28 - Jul 16 (no class Mon Jul 5)
$679
Rising 7th Grade Expository Analysis Essays
Mon/Wed 7:30-8:30pm EST (430 Pacific) Jun 28-Aug 13 (no class Mon Jul5)
$589
Rising 8th Grade Literary & Historic Essay Fine Tuning
Mon-Thurs 11:00-1:00 EST Jul 19 - Aug 6
$699
Rising 8th Grade Literary & Historic Essay Fine Tuning
Mon-Thurs 11:00-1:00 EST Jun 28 - Jul 16 (no class Mon Jul 5)
$679
Rising 8th Grade Literary & Historic Essay Fine Tuning
Mon/Wed 7:30-8:30pm EST (430 Pacific) Jun 28-Aug 13 (no class Mon Jul5)
$589
Rising 9th & 10th Grade Advanced Literary & Historic Analysis
Mon-Thurs 1:00-3:00 EST Jun 28 - Jul 16 (no class Mon Jul 5)
$759
Rising 9th & 10th Grade Advanced Literary & Historic Analysis
Mon-Thurs 1:00-3:00 EST Jul 19 - Aug 6
$789
Rising 9th & 10th Grade Advanced Literary & Historic Analysis
Tue/Thurs 7:30-8:30pm EST (315 Pacific) Jun 28 - Aug 13
$639

Summary of Summer Schedule

3 Week Summer Session 1 - Daily Classes Mon-Thurs - June 28 - July 16 (no class Mon July 5)

3 Week Summer Session 2 - Daily Classes Mon-Thurs - July 19 - Aug 6

3 Week Summer Session 1 & 2 Schedule

Rising 3rd Grade 9:00 - 10:30 EST

Rising 4th Grade 9:00 - 10: 30 EST

Rising 4th Grade 1:00 - 2:30 EST (10am Pacific) (only offered July 19 - Aug 6)

Rising 5th Grade 9:45 - 11:45 EST

Rising 6th Grade 9:45 - 11:45 EST

Rising 7th Grade 11:00 - 1:00 EST

Rising 8th Grade 11:00 - 1:00 EST

Rising 9th/10th Grade 1:00 - 3:00 EST

4 Week ISEE/SSAT Session 1 - Daily Classes Mon-Fri - June 21 - July 16 (no class Mon July 5)

4 Week ISEE/SSAT Session 2 - Daily Classes Mon-Fri - July 19 - Aug 13

4 Week ISEE/SSAT Session 1 & 2 Schedule

Lower Level (Rising 5th Gr) 8:30 - 9:25 EST

Lower Level (Rising 5th Gr) 1:00 - 1:55 EST (only offered Jul 19 - Aug 13)

Mid Level (Rising 6 & 7th Gr) 9:30 - 11:00 EST

Upper Level (Rising 8th) 11:15 - 12:45 EST

8 Week Summer Session - Classes 2 Evenings/week - June 28 - Aug 13 (no class Mon July 5)

Rising 3rd & 4th Grade - Tue & Thu 6:15 - 7:15 pm EST

Rising 5th & 6th Grade - Mon & Wed 6:15 - 7:15 pm EST

Rising 7th & 8th Grade - Mon & Wed 7:30 - 8:30 pm EST

Rising 9th & 10th Grade - Tues & Thurs 7:30 - 8:30 pm EST

7 Week Summer Session -  College Essay Writing - June 27 - Aug 15 (no class Jul 4)

Rising 11th and 12 Grade - Sunday evenings 7:00 - 8:30 pm EST 

Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions:

3rd Grade Develop & Support a Claim

An inviting, informative and just plain fun writing course designed to support your child in developing and supporting a claim.  Students will learn to craft paragraphs, state a clear claim, choose relevant evidence, add details (analysis) to support the claim, and develop a conclusion.  Students will be provided with tools to evaluate the flow of their paragraphs and the consistency of their information and details within their claim. It will be taught using a road-tested writing instruction methodology.  Techniques will be practiced with engaging and high-interest content. Writing will become easier for them, and the quality of their writing will improve.


Curriculum:

  • The writing process: Pick Information, Organize and then Write - POW

  • Organization - Topic, Information, Details, Ending - TIDE

  • Close reading strategies to identify evidence

  • Outlining technique structured to articulate and prove a claim

  • Make and develop a claim

  • Prove your claim

  • Endings that wrap-up

  • Figurative language techniques, show don’t tell

  • Word choice & transitions


Class Descriptions:

4th Grade Develop, Support and Strengthen a Claim

An inviting, informative and just plain fun writing course designed to support your child in developing and supporting an argument.  Students will learn to craft paragraphs that state a clear claim, choose best evidence to support the claim, develop analysis that proves the claim, and state a conclusion that synthesizes the point they aim to make.  Students will be provided with tools to help evaluate the coherence of their paragraphs, improve the organization of their writing, and clarify the relationships of their ideas. It will be taught using a road-tested, proven, writing instruction methodology.  Techniques will be practiced with engaging and high-interest content. Writing will become easier for them, and the quality of their writing will improve.


Curriculum:

  • The writing process: Pick Information, Organize and then Write - POW

  • Organization - Topic, Information, Details, Ending - TIDE

  • Close reading strategies to choose best evidence

  • Outlining technique structured to articulate and prove a claim

  • Make and develop a claim

  • Prove your claim

  • Endings that synthesize the argument

  • Figurative language techniques, show don’t tell

  • Word choice & transitions

Class Descriptions:

5th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Paragraphs

An informative and inviting writing course designed to support your child in developing and supporting a strong argument, and introducing him or her to literary analysis techniques.  Students will learn to craft paragraphs that state a clear claim, choose best evidence to support the claim, develop analysis that proves the claim, and state a conclusion that synthesizes his/her argument.  Students will be provided with tools to help evaluate the coherence of their paragraphs, improve the organization of their writing, and clarify the relationships of their ideas.  It will be taught using a proven, writing instruction methodology.  Techniques will be practiced with engaging and high-interest content.  Writing will become easier for them, and quality will improve.


Curriculum:

  • The writing process: Pick Information, Organize, Write, Revise & Edit - POWRE

  • Establish an insightful thesis/claim

  • Organize and outline the argument

  • Select best evidence

  • Prove the argument

  • Interrogate argument for strength & depth

  • Revision and editing strategies

  • Fine tune word choice, transitions, sentence variety and coherenc

Class Descriptions:

6th Grade Argument, Literary & Expository Writing Methods

An informative and inviting writing course designed to help your child develop and support an argument with clarity and depth, and strengthen his/her literary analysis techniques.  Students will learn to craft paragraphs that state a meaningful claim, choose best evidence to support the claim, develop analysis that proves the claim, and state a conclusion that synthesizes his/her argument.  Students will be provided with tools to help evaluate the coherence of their paragraphs, improve the organization of their writing, and clarify the relationships of their ideas. It will be taught using a road-tested writing instruction methodology.  Techniques will be practiced with engaging and high-interest content. Writing will become easier for them, and quality will improve.


Curriculum:

  • The writing process: Pick Information, Organize, Write, Revise & Edit - POWRE

  • Develop an insightful thesis

  • Organize & outline the argument

  • Select best evidence to support claims

  • Craft analysis to prove the thesis

  • Interrogate argument for strength & depth

  • Analyze literary characters and point-of-view

  • Revision and editing strategies

  • Fine tune word choice, transitions, sentence variety and coherence

Class Descriptions:

7th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Fine Tuning

An informative and inviting writing course designed to support your child in developing and supporting an argument with clarity and depth, and strengthening his/her literary analysis techniques.  Students will learn to craft essays that state a meaningful and insightful claim, choose best evidence to support the claim, develop analysis that proves the claim, and state a conclusion that synthesizes his/her argument.  Students will be provided with tools to help evaluate the depth of their argument, coherence of their paragraphs, the logic of their organization, and clarity of the relationships of their ideas. It will be taught using a road-tested, proven, writing instruction methodology.  Techniques will be practiced with engaging and high-interest content. Writing will become easier for them, and quality will improve.


Curriculum:

  • The writing process: plan, organize (outline), write, revise, edit - POWRE

  • Develop an insightful thesis

  • Organization & outlining techniques

  • Select best evidence to support claims

  • Craft analysis to prove the thesis

  • Interrogate argument for strength & depth

  • Literary character and point-of-view analysis

  • Revision and editing strategies

  • Fine tune word choice, transitions, sentence variety and coherence

Class Descriptions:

8th Grade Persuasive Essay & Literary Analysis Strategies

An informative and inviting writing course designed to help your child develop and support an argument with clarity and depth, and strengthen his/her literary and historical analysis techniques.  Students will learn to craft essays that state a meaningful and insightful claim, choose best evidence to support the claim, develop analysis that proves the claim, and state a conclusion that synthesizes his/her argument.  Students will be provided with tools to help evaluate the depth of their argument, the coherence of their paragraphs, the logic of their organization, and the clarity of the relationships among their ideas. It will be taught using a  proven, writing instruction methodology.  Techniques will be practiced with engaging and high-interest content. Writing will become easier for them, and quality will improve.


Curriculum:

  • The writing process: Pick Information, Organize, Write, Revise & Edit - POWRE

  • Develop an insightful thesis

  • Organization and outlining techniques

  • Select best evidence to support claims

  • Craft analysis to prove the thesis

  • Interrogate argument for strength & depth

  • Analyze literary character and point-of-view

  • Revision and editing strategies

  • Fine tune word choice, transitions, sentence variety and coherence

Class Descriptions:

9th & 10th Grade Advanced Argument Essay & Literary Analysis

An informative and enticing course designed to support your child in developing powerful arguments with persuasive writing, and historical and literary analysis capabilities.  Students will learn to craft essays with a meaningful and insightful thesis, choose best evidence to support the claim, develop analysis that proves the claim, and craft a conclusion that synthesizes and extends his/her argument.  Students will be provided with tools to help evaluate the depth of their argument, the coherence of their paragraphs, the logic of their organization, and the clarity of the relationships of their ideas. It will be taught using a road-tested writing instruction methodology.  Techniques will be practiced with excerpts from literature and history topics likely to be encountered in school. Writing will become easier for them, and quality will improve.


Curriculum:

  • The writing process: Pick Information, Organize, Write, Revise & Edit - POWRE

  • Develop an insightful thesis

  • Organization & outlining techniques

  • Select best evidence to support claims

  • Craft analysis to prove the thesis

  • Interrogate argument for strength & depth

  • Introduce and address counterclaims

  • Revision and editing strategies

  • Literary character and point-of-view analysis

  • Fine tune word choice, transitions, sentence variety and coherence

Class Descriptions:

ISEE & SSAT Test Preparation

A comprehensive test-prep class covering math, verbal, reading comprehension, and writing.  Classes will cycle through presenting strategies for approaching different types of problems, practicing problems, and reviewing concepts missed.  Progress will be measured by comparing a pre-class test to scores on sections and practice tests throughout the class. Students will have homework plus be asked to learn new vocabulary words each day.  Max of 8 students per class.  Note, the practice sections and essay prompts assigned will be tailored/matched to the test each students plans on taking for those who know if they will be sitting for the SSAT or the ISEE.