2023-24 Middle School Classes (6-8th Grade)

Literature* & the Lost Tools of Writing 


In this class, we will pair quality literature with analysis and persuasive essays. Every writer - no matter how old or experienced or published - has to come up with good ideas, organize those ideas clearly, and express them effectively. The three canons of classical rhetoric - Invention, Arrangement, Elocution - do this. Once the aspiring writer grasps how to employ these tools effectively the stresses and confusions that accompany writing begin to fade and with it the fear that often comes with writing assignments. 

Choose from two options: 

Tuesdays 1-2 p.m. PST (Meets in person)

Tuesdays 3-4 p.m. (Meets online)

Literature selections*: 

Beorn the Proud

The Trumpeter of Krakow

Yung Fu of the Upper Yangtze

The King’s Fifth

Johnny Tremain

Treasure Island

Moccasin Trail

The Giver

*Some selections may contain distinctly Christian content

Structure and Style: Year 1 Level B


This curriculum allows students to encounter mysterious plants, animals, and modern legends while learning to write with the Structure and Style® writing method. Offering a full year of instruction for students in grades 6–8, these lessons cover all nine IEW Units. Includes two novel studies: The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy, and Just So Stories.

New! Choose from two options:

Tuesdays 10-11 a.m. PST (in person)

Thursdays 10-11 a.m. PST (online)