Academic Writing Program


Academic Writing Program

  • Starting Date: January 14, 2019

  • Duration: 12 weeks

  • Grade: 3-5 | 6-8

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This 12-week course presents a unit on each of these four writing types: expository report, narrative, argumentative, and literary analysis. In addition to the main focus of each unit (see below), lessons will also include sentence-level language study (grammar, sentence fluency, punctuation, spelling, etc.) based on problems presented in the assignments students turn in. Students will revise their work using Six -Traits of Writing-based feedback from peers and the teacher.

Overall Course Common Core Writing Standards

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

Please contact us if you need unit breakdown.

What’s The Silverberg Press?


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.

Want to write for The Silverberg Press?

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.

Instructor Bio:

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Zach (Middle School)

Zach earned a BA in literature from UC San Diego (2012) and an MA and PhD in English from UC Davis (2015, 2018). After teaching high–school and college–level students around San Diego and Sacramento from 2011-2018, both as a professional tutor/mentor and as an instructor at the University of California, Zach relocated to Seattle. He is interested in teaching young students who are passionate about the English language and literary studies. In his spare time, Zach enjoys reading and watching science fiction, playing video games, walking his dog, cooking, and exploring the sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest! 

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Jeniffer (Elementary School)

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.