Middle School Essay Writing

Learn to formulate, organize, and articulate ideas in an essay

This course teaches students ages 12+ to formulate, organize, and articulate their ideas in an essay.

We teach students how to do this using the curriculum from the Lost Tools of Writing. Throughout the summer, students will write two essays critiquing works of literature.

We will offer a full-year version of this course, so consider this a “taste” of what your child could study during the 2023-24 academic year!

Class Size: 8
Instructor: Mrs. Rebekah Gilbert
Class Day: Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45p ET
Dates: July 10 – August 31 (8 weeks)
Tuition: $25 registration fee, $560 for 8 classes

Early Bird Registration
20% discount if you enroll by April 30!


Students will write two essays, going through the following stages for each:

  • Invention stage: What do I write?
    • After independently reading a short story, students identify and discuss a major action that a character has taken. Students learn to frame the discussion as a question: should this character have taken this action? This becomes the topic of the essay.
  • Arrangement stage: How do I organize these ideas?
    • Students outline their ideas using IEW best practices as well as new strategies.
  • Elocution Stage: How do I make this sound good?
    • Students incorporate IEW stylistic techniques as well as newly introduced techniques into their work.
  • Delivery and memory stages: How do I present this material aloud to a group? How can I communicate this perspective from memory and not just from reading off the page?
    • We will touch on best practices for public speaking.

The minimum enrollment required for this course is four (4) students. Rose Writing Center reserves the right to cancel this course in the event that fewer than four students enroll. Students enrolled in a canceled course will be duly notified and may choose to either receive a full refund or transfer to another course by Rose Writing Center.

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