Schedule & Class Descriptions

Write Ahead offers writing classes for 3rd-10th graders

(previously in Wellesley, MA - 309 Washington Street)

As of March 6th, all classes are online

School Supplemental Session: Twice Weekly (twice/week) Classes

Session 5: May 13 - Jun 17 (10 classes)

  • Rising 7th Grade, Mon + Wed 5-5:50 pm  May 13 - Jun 17 (10 classes) $339

  • 4th Grade (Rising 5th Gr), Mon + Thurs 2:30-3:20 pm May 14 - Jun 17 (10 classes)  $299

Summer Writing 2 Week Sessions: Daily Classes

Session 1: Daily Mon Jun 22 - Thu Jul 2 (9 classes)

Session 2: Daily Mon Jul 6 - Thu Jul 17 (10 classes)

Session 3: Daily Mon Jul 20 - Fri Jul 31 (10 classes)

Session 4: Daily Mon Aug 3 - Fri Aug 14 (10 classes)

 

Max of 8 students/class.  The first 50 minutes are an interactive, instructor-led session where the writing process and strategies are taught.  Following a short break students will spend the remainder of the class practicing the day's writing lesson, often in pairs, with a tutor who will cycle through the student work to provide feedback and ideas for strengthening the writing.  There will be no homework. 

 

Students can sign up for a single or any combination of sessions as there is no overlapping texts.  The more exposure and practice to proven processes, techniques and exemplars, the greater the lift in writing quality.  The curriculum will follow the evidenced-based teaching methodology employed by Write Ahead whereby students will cycle through the full writing cycle.  Each cycle will include explicit writing strategies, tools and processes.   For additional information please see the class descriptions at the bottom of this page. 

  • Rising 4th Grade, 9:15 - 10:45 am $299 

  • Rising 5th Grade, 10:00 - 12:00 pm $399

  • Rising 6th Grade, 11:00 - 1:00 pm $439

  • Rising 7th Grade, 12:45 - 2:45 pm $439

  • Rising 8th Grade, 1:45 - 3:45 pm $439

  • Rising 9th  & 10th Grade, 2:45 - 4:45 pm $439

 

Summer Writing 7 Week Session: Evening Classes

Session 6: Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur evenings Jun 22 - Aug 6 (14 classes)

Max of 8 students/class.  The curriculum will follow the evidenced-based teaching methodology employed by Write Ahead whereby students will cycle through the full writing cycle.  Each cycle will include explicit writing strategies, tools and processes to strengthen organization, depth and coherence of writing.   For additional information please see the class descriptions at the bottom of this page.

  • Rising 5th/6th Grade, Tuesday/Thursday 6:30 - 7:30 pm $599 

  • Rising 7th/8th Grade, Monday/Wednesday 6:30 - 7:30 pm $599 

  • Rising 9th/10th Grade, Monday/Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 pm $599 

Summer ISEE/SSAT Prep: 4 Week Sessions - Daily Classes

Comprehensive test-prep class covers math, verbal, reading comprehension, and writing.  Classes will cycle through presenting strategies for how to take each section, 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 6 students per class.  Course fee includes on-line access to full practice exams.  Note, the practice sections and essay prompts, as well as analogies vs fill-in-the-blanks practice, will be tailored/matched based on which test the student is planning on taking. 

 

Session 1: Mon Jun 22 - Fri Jul 17 (19 classes)

Session 2: Mon Jul 20 - Fri Aug 14 (20 classes)

Tuition: $999 - includes materials fee and access to online practice tests

  • Rising 5th & 6th Grade, 12:30-2 pm 

  • Rising 7 & 8th Grade, 2:15-3:45 pm

  • Rising 9th Grade, 4:00-5:30 pm

Class Schedule for 2nd Semester Weekly (1/week) Classes (Feb 3, 2020 - June 3, 2020)

3rd Grade Develop & Support a Claim

Wednesday 1:20-2:05 p.m.

$579

4th Grade Develop, Support and Strengthen a Claim

Wednesday 12:30-1:15 p.m.

$629

5th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Paragraphs

Sunday 4:30-5:30 p.m.

$679

6th & 7th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Fine Tuning

Sunday 5:40-6:40 p.m.

$699

6th Grade Argument, Literary & Expository Writing Methods

TBD

$699

7th & 8th Grade Persuasive Essay & Literary Analysis Strategies

Monday 4:55-5:55 p.m.

$699

8th Grade Advanced (writing sample to qualify) Persuasive Essay & Literary Analysis Techniques

Friday 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

$699

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

Sunday 3:00-4:30 p.m.

$699

 

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 that 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 help evaluate the flow of their paragraphs and the consistency of their information and details with their claim. 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: pick information, organize and then write - POW

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

  • Close reading strategies to identify evidence

  • Outline techniques

  • 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 quality 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

  • Outline techniques

  • Make and develop a claim

  • Prove your claim

  • Endings that synthesize

  • 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 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

  • Establish an insightful thesis/claim

  • Outline the argument

  • Organization strategies

  • 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 & 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

  • Outline techniques

  • Organization strategies

  • 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:

6th Grade Argument, Literary & Expository Writing Methods

An informative and inviting writing course designed to support your child in developing and supporting an argument with clarity and depth, and developing 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, 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

  • Outline process

  • Organization strategies

  • 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:

7th & 8th Grade Persuasive Essay & Literary Analysis Strategies

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

  • Outline techniques

  • Organization strategies

  • 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 Advanced (writing sample to qualify) Persuasive Essay & Literary Analysis Techniques

An informative and enticing course designed to support your child in developing powerful argument, persuasive and literary analysis writing strategies.  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 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

  • Outline techniques

  • Organization strategies

  • Select best evidence to support claims

  • Craft & strengthen 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:

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

An informative and enticing course designed to support your child in developing powerful argument, persuasive and literary analysis writing 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, 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 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: plan, organize (outline), write, revise, edit - POWRE

  • Develop an insightful thesis

  • Outline techniques

  • Organization strategies

  • 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

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