This is our advanced class, designed for high school students, grades 9-12. The goal of this class is to continue providing the opportunity for students to master each step of the writing process as they learn to write five paragraph essays. In addition, students will gain confidence as they practice identifying many literary elements. All students will engage in lively discussions as they analyze what they have read and express 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:

  • Around the World in Eighty Days
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Animal Farm
  • The Scarlet Letter 


Literary Analysis through novel annotation

Students will learn to recognize key literary elements and stylistic writing technique in the novel through underlining and annotations.  They will continue practicing summarizing and charting as they read to develop advanced study skills.


Literary Analysis through literary terms

Advanced students will continue learning to identify and analyze key literary elements identified in the Intermediate Writing class. They will have an extensive understanding of literary terms including similes, metaphors, personification, idioms, etc.


Literary Analysis through writing

Students will use specific examples from the novel to provide support for their individual writing assignments. They will be expected to differentiate between "concrete details", which are facts, and "commentary sentences", which are opinions. They will practice correctly inserting quotes into their essays as they support their conclusions. 


Focused writing instruction

The Advanced Writing class focuses on developing the five-paragraph essay. Even though students are writing lengthier essays, the emphasis continues to be on mastery. Students will continue practicing all writing steps and strategies taught in previous classes as well as the following:

  • Fully developing a topic by writing multiple paragraphs
  • Following the essay format of an introduction with a hook, a strong thesis, three body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph
  • Providing specific examples from the novel to support assertions
  • Explaining the examples with insightful commentary
  • Improving word choice through active verbs, concrete nouns, and well-placed adjectives and adverbs
  • Creating quality sentences by including many stylistic elements including strong vocabulary, varied sentence structure and length, adding figurative elements


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.


**For specific class dates, times, and locations, see our Locations menu item at the top of the page.