Schedule & Class Descriptions:

Winter-Spring 2022 (Jan 2022 - Jun 2022)

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.

 

We are proud to share that we have received over 100 testimonials for our writing classes.  To see what students and parents have to say about the program, please feel free to browse through their comments on the Testimonials page.

Supporting School Assignments

Feedback on any assignments for school is included in the cost of tuition, and will be provided within 24 hours of being shared with Write Ahead.  High school students tend to be diligent about seeking feedback on assignments prior to due dates, though this benefit is open to all students.   

ISEE/SSAT Test Preparation

The ISEE/SSAT class is a comprehensive test-prep class that covers math, verbal, reading comprehension, and writing.  Classes will cycle through presenting strategies to approach the different types of problems, practicing problems/questions, and reviewing questions answered incorrectly. Please see the ISEE/SSAT Test Prep page for additional information.

Narrative Writing for College Applications

This class guides students through the process of developing a story, based on a personal experience, that could comprise a submission for a college essay.  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

Winter-Spring Schedule & Tuition - Writing & ISEE/SSAT Classes

Classes held once/week, January 24, 2022, - June 12, 2022

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

Title
Day - Time
Price
3rd Grade Develop & Support a Claim
Tuesdays 6:50-7:30 pm EST (3:50-4:30 pm Pacific)
$499
4th Grade Develop, Support and Strengthen a Claim
Wednesdays 2:00-2:50 pm EST (11:00-11:50 pm Pacific)
$599
4th Grade Develop, Support and Strengthen a Claim
Wednesdays 5:15-6:05 pm EST (2:15-3:05 pm Pacific)
$599
4th Grade Develop, Support and Strengthen a Claim
Wednesdays 4:05-4:55 pm EST (1:05-2:50 pm Pacific)
$599
5th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Paragraphs
Tuesdays 5:45-6:45 pm EST (2:45-3:45 pm Pacific)
$699
5th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Paragraphs
Wednesdays 6:45-7:45 pm EST (3:45-4:45 pm Pacific)
$699
5th Grade Argument & Literary Analysis Paragraphs
Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm EST (3:00-4:00 pm Pacific)
$699
6th Grade Argument, Literary & Expository Analysis Methods
Tuesdays 7:35-8:35 pm EST (4:35-5:35 pm Pacific)
$699
6th Grade Argument, Literary & Expository Analysis Methods
Thursdays 5:00-6:00 pm EST (2:00-3:00 pm Pacific)
$699
6th Grade Argument, Literary & Expository Analysis Methods
Fridays 7:00-8:00 pm EST (4:00-5:00 pm Pacific)
$699
7th Grade Argument, Literary & Expository Analysis Techniques
Wednesdays 4:35-5:35 pm EST (1:35-2:35 pm Pacific)
$699
7th Grade Argument, Literary & Expository Analysis Techniques
Thursdays 7:00-8:00 pm EST (4:00-5:00 pm Pacific)
$699
8th Grade Persuasive Essay & Literary Analysis Fine Tuning
Thursdays 8:00-9:00 pm EST (5:00-6:00 pm Pacific)
$699
8th Grade Persuasive Essay & Literary Analysis Fine Tuning
Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 pm EST (2:45-3:45 pm Pacific)
$699
9th & 10th Grade Advanced Argument & Literary Analysis Essays
Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm EST (4:30-6:00 pm Pacific)
$899
9th & 10th Grade Advanced Argument & Literary Analysis Essays
Sundays 7:30-9:00 pm EST (4:30-6:00 pm Pacific)
$899
College Application Essays
Saturdays 4:00-5:00 pm EST (1-2 pm Pacific)
$429
College Application Essays
Mondays 7:00-8:00 pm EST (4-5 pm Pacific)
$429
Lower-level ISEE/SSAT (5th graders applying to 6th grade)
Saturdays 11:00-11:55 am EST (8-8:55 am Pacific) (class runs from Jan 29 - May 21, 15 classes)
$649
Mid-level ISEE/SSAT (6/7th graders applying 7/8th grade)
Saturdays 12:00-1:30 pm EST (9-10:30 am Pacific) (class runs from Jan 29 - May 21, 15 classes)
$899
Upper-level ISEE/SSAT (8th graders applying to 9th grade)
Saturdays 1:45-3:15 pm EST (10:45-12:15 pm Pacific) (class runs from Jan 29 - May 21, 15 classes)
$899

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.