Academic Writing Class

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Twelve week sessions for grades 1 to 6 are available in the Fall (late September/early October) and Spring (late January/early February) of each school year.

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Spring 2017 Writing Class Schedule

The Academic Writing Program (AWP) is level-based curriculum. Each semester, students graduate to the next writing level, in the order shown below. A supervised writing assessment is administered on campus to determine placement.

Learning Bee’s academic writing classes teach students that writing is a process.

We assess your child’s writing level with a complimentary exam that determines his or her individual needs for academic success. Our experienced writing staff creates curriculum to ensure that your child stays on track in a seamless transition into each new level of instruction.

Every course is structured to expand your child’s vocabulary, improve their writing speed, and make them more accurate proofreaders. Homework is provided as daily reinforcement of the lessons learned in class and is a required part of course participation.

Please see below for our writing level descriptions. We typically give assessments in mid-September and mid-January each school year. Non-Learning Bee parents may request an assessment by sending an email to

The Fundamentals of Writing Students learn the conventions of writing to develop their content from simple sentences into paragraphs with a main idea.

Staying On-Topic within Paragraph Structure Students learn paragraph structure, its terminology and the correct way to format their writing. They’ll learn how to keep their paragraphs on topic and develop an awareness of reader expectations.

Descriptive Writing in Multi-Paragraph Structure Students elaborate on supporting details with a broader and more concise descriptive vocabulary as well as the complex use of imagery, in multi-paragraph narratives.

Multi-Paragraph Writing & Argumentation Students learn how to develop a graphic organizer and construct multiple paragraphs, as subtopics that collectively support a main topic, in persuasive, narrative and expository writing.

Five-Paragraph Essay Structure & Critical Response Students are introduced to the “5-paragraph essay” formula that will become their required medium in literary analysis from now through college. They will understand its organization, terminology and how it serves to convey their arguments on a variety of topics, ranging from book reports to news articles.

Multi-Draft Essays Students will gain ease and efficiency in multi-draft writing as they develop an ear for concise argumentation. They will respond to a variety of literary genres and learn how to maximize their time at each stage of the writing process: brainstorming, writing and re-drafting their compositions.

Intermediate and Advanced Essay Levels
Responding to Literature using Essay Format Improves student’s speed and proficiency in 5-paragraph essay writing. Essay Response is broken up into two parts. Similar to the color levels, Advanced Essay builds off of the lessons in Intermediate class. With weekly in-class lessons and a diversity of reading passages, students will write to express, record, develop, and reflect on their ideas with a thesis statement and supporting evidence.

Interpretation of Assessment Scores at the Essay Level:

  • Essay 1 – Just graduated from Purple Writing Class or, or assessment shows familiarity with essay structure, graphic organizers, and is capable of writing a personal or personal essay in 45 minutes. Their next steps are to sharpen skills in presenting meaningful reasoning for their assertions and learning to eliminate redundant arguments. They are also building skills in second and third draft essay revisions.
  • Essay 2 – Students graduating from Essay 1, or their assessment shows that they are already equipped with the ability to write and rewrite an essay, with formal 5-paragraph structure.
  • Essay 3 – Students graduating from Essay 2, or they are in Grade6 (or higher) and demonstrate an advanced essay writing ability.
  • Essay 4 – Students graduating from Essay 3

Essay 1 and 2 students should enroll in the Essay Class

Essay 3 and 4 students should enroll in the Advanced Essay Class

Writing Class Policy for Conduct
We recommend all writing assignments to be completed at Learning Bee (if you are an attendee) because surveys have shown that students who complete homework after 6pm take 60 minutes, but students who finish it at Learning Bee BEFORE school homework finish it in 10 minutes.

If you decide to have your child do their writing homework at home, we recommend spreading out the assignment instead of completing the packet at once.

Homework supervision is always recommended whether by a teacher in Learning Bee or by you at home. However, you do not want to dictate sentences to your child or grade their assignments. Independent completion is our shared goal. To support you in this, if your instructor begins to notice a disparity between timed writing exams in class versus homework completed at home they will bring it to your attention.

If by week 3, your child has incomplete assignments (not packets, but individual pages) they will be dropped from the class and you will receive a pro-rated refund.

If your child completes less than 70% of homework assignments by the time the last course occurs (12 classes total) or misses three classes, they will not be guaranteed to graduate to the next level.

Cancellation Policy for Writing Classes
There are no refunds for classes missed due to illness, vacation time, or personal leave. Withdrawals made prior to the second class in a session will be refunded for all 8 weeks, minus a $35 administration fee. No refund or credit will be issued for any withdrawals made after the second class in a session. No exceptions.

Writing Class Tuition
Red Writing Class: $360 per session
Orange to Purple Level Writing Class: $480 per session
Essay Level Writing Class: $580 per session
Current Learning Bee students get a 10% off discount off the regular tuition.