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
Cost: $99
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. 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
Cost: $99
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. 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
Cost: $125
Class size limit: 20 students
Instructor: Veldorah Rice

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:

Creative Writing Strategies Session A

Eligible students: Students in grades 6-12. Public and homeschool students welcome.
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $125
Class size limit: 20 students
Instructor: Veldorah Rice

This class is intended for students who would like to improve their creative writing skills. Students will get practice in several shorter writing activities and generate some ideas, then write some short fiction pieces. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST.

Register for a "Creative Writing Strategies Session A " session:

Creative Writing Strategies Session B

Eligible students: Students in grades 6-12. Public and homeschool students welcome.
Prerequisite: Creative Writing Strategies Session A
Cost: $125
Class size limit: 20 students
Instructor: Jodi Tahsler

This class is helps students further improve their creative writing skills. Students will complete additional writing activities and then create a fully formed short story. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST.

Register for a "Creative Writing Strategies Session B " session:

Poetry Workshop

Eligible students: Students in grades 6-12. Public and homeschool students welcome.
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $125
Class size limit: 20 students
Instructor: Veldorah Rice

This class is intended for students who would like to learn and practice writing poetry. Each week, students will learn about a type of poetry and write their own in that style. Students will need to be committed to conference weekly on their peers’ work. They will also receive feedback from the instructor. By the end of the course, students will have a collection of 10-25 poems. These would be ready to submit to fall contests, including Scholastic, if the student desired. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST.

Register for a "Poetry Workshop" session: