Writing Classes


 

how does the program work?

The Writing Symphony system has 6 levels: Harmony, Largo, Echo, Allegro, Overture, and Interlude. Our youngest students begin with Harmony and progress through each level until they reach Interlude. Each level focuses on a different writing skill and set of style elements. During the school year, your child will work through 9 units of instruction taught across three trimesters.

What will my student learn?

The students will always begin the first trimester learning about basic sentence structure and style components. This will be taught at the appropriate level which matches their experience with the program. Even though the program offers some redundancy in the way it is taught, each concept is taught at a more advanced level as your child successfully completes each trimester. Students who return can benefit from reviewing the basics of the system. As a student advances in the program, they will be challenged by more difficult source texts and will be expected to use more advanced vocabulary. They are required to use higher level thinking and will be assigned more complex writing assignments as they progress.

 

 

Harmony

Level 1

Our first level of instruction will focus heavily on reading comprehension, vocabulary, and sentence fluency. Students will be introduced to the basic writing process in the final twelve weeks of the level. Weekly lessons will include vocabulary terms and non-fiction source texts designed to increase students’ Lexile reading level in preparation.

Course Details

  • Recommended for Grades 2 - 3*

  • 12-week sessions

  • Fall, Winter, and Spring start dates

  • Classes meet for one hour, once a week

Largo

Level 2

Students will focus on the structural elements of both non-fiction and fiction texts, honing foundational skills such as identifying main ideas, outlining and note-taking. Students are taught vocabulary, parts of speech and stylistic techniques such as strong verbs and quality adjectives to improve their sentence fluency, grammar and punctuation.

Course Details

  • Recommended for Grades 3 - 4*

  • 12-week sessions

  • Fall, Winter, and Spring start dates

  • Classes meet for one hour, once a week

Echo

Level 3

Students progress to intermediate structural models, such as synthesizing research references and identifying themes in a work of fiction. Students will continue to build stylistic techniques such as multi-clausal sentences and transitions. This level teaches students to form descriptive, organized paragraphs, preparing them for longer academic writing assignments.

Course Details

  • Recommended for Grades 5 - 6*

  • 12-week sessions

  • Fall, Winter, and Spring start dates

  • Classes meet for one hour, once a week

Allegro

Level 4

At the Allegro Level, students learn advanced structural models such as the 5-paragraph essay, persuasive writing and literary analyses. Students will work towards mastery of all 18 stylistic techniques taught in the Writing Symphony methodology to produce their own sophisticated writing style. Students will continue to apply advanced vocabulary and grammar concepts in context.

Course Details

  • Recommended for Grades 7 - 8*

  • 12-week sessions

  • Fall, Winter, and Spring start dates

  • Classes meet for one hour, once a week

*Please note that all students are placed into classes based on their Lexile reading levels. Our teaching staff will help to assess your student’s Lexile score and suggest a class placement accordingly.

for additional guidance on class placements please contact us at

info@writingsymphony.com