Our Intermediate writing course is for 7th and 8th grade students. The goal of this class is to expose students to the basic, core concepts of literature. All students will learn how to look for key literary concepts, discuss what they have read, and apply what they have learned in their individual writing assignments. 

Course Instruction Includes:


An in-depth look at a classic novel

Novels at this level include:

  • The Hobbit
  • Carry on, Mr. Bowditch
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The Bronze Bow


Literary Analysis through novel annotation

Students will continue to recognize key literary elements through underlining and marginal notes.


Literary Analysis through literary terms

Intermediate students learn literary techniques such as the plot diagram, types of characters, setting, types of conflict, theme, point of view, symbol, simile, metaphor, personification, and foreshadowing.


Literary Analysis through writing

At this level, students will use specific examples from the novel to provide support for their writing topic.


Focused writing instruction

The Intermediate class begins the process of developing the multi-paragraph essay. The emphasis is on mastery - quality over  quantity. Students will be introduced to:

  • The basics steps to writing: brainstorming, outlining, rough drafts, and the final draft
  • Developing a toppic into multiple paragraphs
  • Providing specific examples from the novel to support assertions
  • Explaining the examples with insightful commentary
  • Improving the word choice through active verbs, concrete nouns, and well-placed adjectives and adverbs
  • Using sentence variety through clausal starters
  • Utilizing transitional words and sentences


A creative enrichment project

During the final class session, students will have the opportunity to present either a creative writing project or a research paper on a topic related to the novel. The project includes three components: a written composition, an oral presentation, and a visual aid. Students, parents, and family members are welcomed members of the audience for this final presentation.