2023 Winter - Middle School Writing

Middle school marks a student’s transition into a new world of writing. 

There will always be a place for fairy tales and bedtime stories, but middle school introduces a sense of professionalism and maturity that accompanies young adult literature. 

This is a time to maximize writing’s potential as an effective communication tool in spreading knowledge and perspectives. It’s a time to learn the ins and outs of research, investigate the intentions behind literature, and explore beyond the surface of an author’s words. As students gain more exposure to the “real world,” having a solid basis in writing is crucial to not only helping kids understand the world, but contribute to it. 

In this course, students will intertwine both innovative and critical thinking as they analyze sources, form arguments, interpret texts, and collaborate with peers. 

Middle School Writing Syllabus:

Grammar lessons, literary devices, and writing techniques will be integrated throughout the lessons.

Unit 1: Nonfiction Writing (Weeks 1-6)

Informational writing 


Persuasive writing 

Unit 2: Literary Analysis (Weeks 7-8)

Short story analysis

Unit 3: Fiction Writing (Weeks 9-10)

Realistic fiction 

Unit 4: Review (Weeks 11-12)

Editing and peer editing

Review of grammar, literary devices, and techniques 

Jessica Zhang

Jessica is a freshman at the University of Michigan’s LSA Honors Program. She aspires to major in Computer Science with a minor in Business, and has cultivated a long term passion for writing alongside her academic pursuits. Over the last few years, she’s taught English at Kumon’s learning centers, and tutored local children in creative and nonfiction writing. Her expertise in education and interest in literature make her a passionate teacher ready to introduce students to a world of writing!


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February 5, 2023 – May 14, 2023


Every Sunday
10:45 am EST – 12:15 pm EST


No class on 2/19, 3/26, and 4/9. Register two or more classes and receive $10 off each class.




12 Weeks