Writer’s Odyssey

Fall Semester (12 weeks)

Begins the week of September 3, 2024

“Thanks to the expertise of Mrs. Chenning, my daughter is growing as a writer and refining her voice!

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Ages: Grades 8-9

Though this is not an IEW class, 7th graders may be considered for enrollment if they have already taken IEW Level B and are prepared for the reading and workload for this class.

Semester tuition: $355 ($50 discount for private pay*)

*Private pay: Payable in a lump sum or 3 installments per semester.


Tuesday at 2pm
Thursday at 10am (NEW date and time!)
  • Fall will be 60 minutes

Instructor: Chenning Peng


  • Maximum of 8 students per section.

Course Information

  • Students who sign up for this class are committing to two semesters, fall and spring.
  • Fall is 12 weeks and spring has an additional bonus week – 13 weeks; both semesters are the SAME price!
  • To hold an enrollment space, families paying with charter school funds must leave a $25 deposit. The deposit is refundable subject to our refund policy.
  • A NOTE ON THE WAIT LIST: If a wait listed class is the only time that will work for you, we encourage you to email us for instructions on joining the wait list! Occasionally spaces open up; sometimes we have a family that decides they will need to switch sections or drop the class.
  • SPRING SEMESTER ENROLLMENT: Since this is a year-long class, we take mid-year enrollment on a case by case basis. If you are interested in registering for Spring, please connect with the instructor, Chenning Peng, to explore adding your student in Spring.

Course Description

If you are looking for a literature-based advanced writing class for your 8th/9th grader  – this is the class for you!

We will be going on a reading and writing odyssey through some beloved books!  Some are classics, and some may be lesser known, but I have tried to curate an engaging and meaningful booklist for our class to journey through together.  There will be two major components to this class.  

  1.  Literature – we will be reading and enjoying great works from different genres.  Each literary work will be a basis for analytical discussions, examples of literary techniques, and an entry point for students to think about relevant and universal themes like courage, friendship, love, and coming of age in their own lives and the world.  Students will also practice identifying and understanding elements that are baked into every story:  setting, conflict, theme, and more.  
  2. Writing – students will hone and practice writing skills with selected weekly exercises from 100 Ways to Improve Your Composition and Creative Writing.  Further, they will write longer multi-paragraph essays to accompany each literary work covered in class.  These essays will vary in purpose and style throughout the year but will always be thought-provoking and meaningful.  

Students will be encouraged to think deeply about what they are reading and writing. We will think very hard, but we will also have fun practicing with activities and games.  Students will have ample opportunities to share their writing and learn from one another. I will read each assignment and provide feedback. 

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Class FAQs

What topics will be covered?

What topics will be covered?

  • Informative/expository, persuasive, and narrative writing assignments
  • Practice formulating a thesis and using in-text citations
  • Reading from a variety of literature – poetry, short story, play, novel, memoir
  • Study and discussions about theme, setting, character, conflict, etc.
  • Identifying and discussing literary devices – metaphor, irony, foreshadowing, symbolism, etc.
  • Presentations of papers and projects

Can we use California charter funds for this class?

  • Yes! See our Service Vendorship list for an up-to-date list of charters.
  • Purchase Order (PO) instructions can be found at the bottom of this page.
  • A $25 deposit is required to hold an enrollment spot. The deposit will be refunded when the PO arrives, subject to our refund policy.
  • If your charter is not on our list, please fill out this form!

What are the required books and materials?

100 Ways to Improve Your Composition and Creative Writing

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White (recommended, not required)

Straw Into Gold by Gary D. Schmidt

Holes by Louis Sachar

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

The Giver by Lois Lowry

“Rumplestiltskin,” “The Necklace,” and “The Gift of the Magi” are short stories that will be provided PDFs

What is the estimated weekly work?

The amount of time required will vary by student, 3-4 hours/week is estimated. 

What types of parental support will be needed?

  • Help navigating Google Classroom, submitting assignments
  • Help student view assignments
  • Parents are encouraged to proofread student assignments and go over any teacher feedback with them.

What tech platforms are required and used?

  • Zoom
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Login or Gmail for each enrolled student

What are the semester dates?

Fall Semester Meetings (12 classes; September 3-December 3)

OFF 10/15 and 11/26 (Thanksgiving Week)

Spring Semester Meetings (13 classes; January 14-April 22)

OFF 2/18 (President’s Day) and 4/15 (Spring Break)

What are your registration and cancellation policies?

See this page for policies.

For more answers to your questions, see our Class FAQ page.

Fall Semester – 2024

For billing purposes, please request purchase orders using monthly interval price below (instead of the whole semester length).

  • Vendor: Christine Echeverri DBA Carrier Shell Curriculum
  • Instructor name
    • Chenning Peng
  • Class: Advanced Writing: Writer’s Odyssey
  • Start date: September 3, 2024
    • Semester end date: December 5, 2024
  • Duration of each lesson: 60 minutes
  • Frequency: once per week for 4 months (see schedule above)
  • Cost per month – Fall semester: $88.75 x 4 mos. (Sept.-Dec.)
    • Semester tuition: $355
  • Class link: https://carriershellcurriculum.com/classes/writing-online-classes/advanced-writing/