Middle School Writing A Description

This writing course is designed for students who enjoy formal writing, and creative writing to better express their voice. Students will explore the elements of numerous forms of writing: personal narratives, expository essays, persuasive essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, and children’s literature, among others. Students will engage in developmental lessons, writing studies, and peer review/conferences to develop original writing pieces. While writing is the essential component of the class, games, and projects are also included to enhance the student’s knowledge of literary elements, format, and structure. For most essays and projects, the final work must be typed and printed. MLA format will be taught and is required for some essays as instructed. Writing skills will be emphasized in this course. Students will practice writing journals, essays, reports, poetry, creative pieces, and multi-paragraph analysis papers. The course will include exams/quizzes, which will focus on literary elements and grammar.

Textbooks and Supplies

Fix It Grammar (IEW) – Robin Hood – Student Book Level 3 – Pamela White
Little Women (Bantam Classics) by Louisa May Alcott
The Hiding Place (about Corrie ten Boom) with Elizabeth and John Sherrill
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
150 Most Famous Poems: Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, and many more by Poetry House

• Access to computer, printer, and internet
• Binder
• Loose-leaf paper, white 8 ½ x 11 notebook paper (for writing and note-taking in class)
• Pencil, blue or black ink pens (no colored pens for writing assignments); may be used
for creative assignments
• Red pen for editing
• Colored pencils
• Poster board (will be announced in advanced if necessary)
• High-lighter (Any color)
• Dry erase markers


Elementary Language Arts or adequate completion of the KEYS English placement evaluation

Class Information

Parents are responsible for purchasing all textbooks and supplies before the first day of class.

KEYS will invoice supply fees at the time of registration and class selection. This fee covers materials, lab supplies, and other expenses incurred by the teacher. It is a one-time fee, transferable until August, but non-refundable.

Please note the grade level for this class. Students younger than the recommended grade levels need special permission before signing up for the class. Please contact the office for more information.

What happens if a class is full? You may email administration@keysofva.org to be waitlisted.

  • Category: Academics
  • Subject: English
  • Days: Tue, Thur
  • Times: 1:30 pm-2:25 pm
  • Grade Level: 6-8
  • Teacher: Lauren Holmes
  • Monthly Tuition: $57
  • Supply Fee: $25