Middle School Supplemental Seminars

See also High School Supplemental Seminars.

Looking for a little extra help in grammar? Want to work on your college admissions essays with a professional? Think you need some additional practice with writing timed essays? Our Supplemental Seminars are exactly what you are looking for! These classes are offered to students in all school settings looking for additional support in a specific area. These classes would not meet the requirements in most states as a full English credit, but could be used as a portion of an elective or part of a larger year-long program.

Classes are offered multiple times a year. The dates are as follows:

All assignments are WEEKLY and are due by Friday at midnight, EST. Some classes have a weekly online chat session with a scheduled meeting time, while others have individual asynchronous conferences with a professional.


Grammar: Building Blocks

Eligible students: Students in grades 6-10. Public and homeschool students welcome.
Prerequisite: None
Chat session time: Wednesdays at 2-3pm EST
Class size limit: 20 students
Instructor: Stephanie Constantino

This class is intended as an introduction or refresher course in the basics of grammar. The weekly topics include: parts of speech, clauses & phrases, building a sentence, and paragraph structure. Note: All sessions contain the same materials and are not progressive. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST and a weekly hour-long chat will be required at the time listed. ESL students welcome!

Register for a "Grammar: Building Blocks" session:

Grammar: Punctuation

Eligible students: Students in grades 6-12. Public and homeschool students welcome.
Prerequisite: None
Chat session time: Tuesdays at 2-3pm EST
Class size limit: 20 students
Instructor: Stephanie Constantino

This class is a helpful one to get a handle on all types of punctuation! The weekly topics include: commas, semicolons, apostrophes, in-text citations, and dialogue punctuation. Note: All sessions contain the same materials and are not progressive. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST and a weekly hour-long chat will be required at the time listed. ESL students welcome!

Register for a "Grammar: Punctuation" session:

Successful Standardized Essays

Eligible students: Students in grades 6-12. Public and homeschool students welcome.
Prerequisite: None
Chat session time: None (Asynchronous conferences)
Class size limit: 20 students
Instructor: Jodi Tahsler

This class is intended for students who would like to improve their expository writing skills, particularly in writing a strong thesis and organizing a well-developed nonfiction essay. Students will get practice in thesis writing, developing strong outlines, and creating full length essays. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST. Note: All sessions contain the same materials and are not progressive.

Register for a "Successful Standardized Essays" session: