Academic Writing Program


Academic Writing Program

  • Starting Date: Sep. 7, 2019

  • Duration: 15 weeks

  • Grade: 4-5 | 6-8

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This writing course is designed to aid students in their written expression, as well as delivery of one’s writing. Students will focus on the craft of writing through reading and writing assignments designed to be an overview of non-fiction, fiction, poetry and drama.  Students will be expected to complete a final portfolio at the end of the final class. Student’s writing will be evaluated using the Six Traits of Writing (Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions).


Grade 4-5: Saturdays, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Grade 6-8: Saturdays, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

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Unit 1 – Narrative Essay

  • Students write a narrative essay using the setting and chronological time order.

  • Describe a fictional setting with imagery and sensory details that establishes an intended mood.

Unit 2 – Expository Essay

  • Students write an expository essay using logical, relevant facts.

  • Introduces students to the Six Traits of Writing 

  • Students will write expository writing paragraphs with a focus on; voice: reporting detailed observations with an unbiased, formal voice

Unit 3 – Argumentative Essay: Writing to Persuade

  • Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

  • Students use their writing voice to create a persuasive piece on a chosen topic for a specific audience.

  • Students will develop good arguments which require deep consideration of options, perspectives, and a little research.

Unit 4 – Writing to Inform

  • Students use the 5 Ws and the H (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How) to write a news article.

  • Students will be able to extract specific details from a text and write their own article which clearly states information and details.

Unit 5 – Literary Analysis

  • Students will begin with making a response to literature, while using the formal standards expected for literary analysis. 

  • Students will use supporting evidence from a text and incorporate in analysis.

  • Follow formal voice rules for literary analysis.

Unit 6 – Script Writing

  • Students write a two-scene script using dialogue and stage directions.

  • Generate ideas for writing by reading, discussing, researching, and reflecting on personal experiences.

Unit 7 – Poetry

  • Students will analyze forms of poetry and use literary devices to write their own poetry.

  • Students will explore writing with structure, using images and metaphor, and incorporating the creative writing skills such as using sense and specific details.


Unit 8 – Show What You Know

  • Students demonstrate mastery of skills learned and are given the option of writing a lengthy narrative essay or a choice of persuasive pieces.

  • Create Final Portfolio

Write an Article for the School Newspaper!


The Silverberg Press is Silverberg Academy’s school newspaper! It was created to showcase the writing of students enrolled in Silverberg’s Academic Writing Courses. Each year, you’ll see winter, spring, summer, and fall editions of the paper, as well as a few special editions in between.

Come to write with us! You can become a Silverberg Press staff writer by joining an Academic Writing course at Silverberg Academy.
Interesting in becoming a guest writer? Other Silverberg Academy students can submit writing to be considered for publication, too:
If interested, look for prompts and instructions in the latest issue of The Silverberg Press.
Submit your writing to Silverberg Academy.

About the instructor:

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Ms Jeniffer has been teaching middle school and high school language arts students for 19 years. She specialized in individualized learning plans for students, constructed and taught lessons for junior high and high school English classes. She has a bachelors degree from Boise State University and a masters degree from Northern Arizona University. Jeniffer have been living and teaching in Washington state for 2 years.