Adventures in Writing: Middle School Writing

Fall Semester (12 weeks)

Begins Tuesday, September 3, 2024

“My son really likes the class discussions and has had a lot of fun with the creativity of the writing prompts and assignments.”

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Ages: Grades 6-7

5th graders may enroll if they have completed beginning writing.

Semester tuition: $345 ($50 discount for private pay*)

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

Sections (1 hour)

  • Tuesdays 10am
  • Wednesdays 9am

Instructor: Kevin O’ Brien


Course Information

  • Students who sign up for this class are committing to two semesters, fall and spring.
  • 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.
  • 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, Kevin O’ Brien, to explore adding your student in Spring.

Course Description

This exciting course will explore the Adventure of Writing!  

Students will both work and play with all kinds of writing by means of fun and engaging weekly exercises.  We will learn proper syntax, grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure – and we will do so by writing book reports, essays, news articles, mystery stories, comedy sketches, letters, limericks, poetry, science fiction and even superhero and fantasy tales!

In addition, literary devices, outlining, brainstorming, vocabulary building and spelling will be part of the process of learning how to be better writers – the kind of writers that readers of all sorts want to read!

Each semester’s final project will be a creative piece (such as a skit or mini-mystery or monologue) that the students will present either live in class or via video or audio recording.

This will be a fun and challenging two-semester course, and one that will give young people a solid foundation of skills that they will build upon in high school, college and beyond.

Semester Themes

Spring: Writing for the Stage

Questions? Reach out for registration-related issues or course or content questions for Mr. O’Brien; read more about Mr. O’Brien and view reviews.

Class FAQs

What topics will be covered?

  • Mystery Stories
  • Adventure Stories: Superheroes and Fantasy
  • Tall Tales
  • Book Reports and Film Reviews
  • Topical Essays
  • Limericks and Poetry
  • Business and Formal Correspondence
  • Personal Narrative
  • Synopses and Summaries
  • News Reporting
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Sketch Comedy
  • Descriptive Writing
  • Literary Devices
  • Vocabulary Building
  • Punctuation and Spelling

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?

What is the estimated weekly work?

Completing each assignment can be done all at once or little by little over the course of a given week.  I would estimate no more than four hours a week would be devoted to these assignments.

What types of parental support will be needed?

  • Reading your child’s assignments will be helpful and motivating to them!  They will be proud of what they’re writing and will be excited to share it with you.  They may also need some inspiration and encouragement for some of the work.
  • Proofreading the student’s assignment before submission and helping to navigate Google Classroom is also helpful.

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 (September – November)

Begins the week of September 3 and goes until November 20.

Spring Semester Meetings (January – April)

Begins the week of January 21 and goes until April 16.

OFF March 11/12 for 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
    • Kevin O’Brien
  • Class: Adventures in Writing
  • Start date: September 3, 2024
    • Semester end date: November 20, 2024
  • Duration of each lesson: 60 minutes
  • Frequency: once per week for 3 months (see schedule above)
  • Cost per month – Fall semester: $115 x 3 mos. (Sept.-Nov.)
    • Semester tuition: $345
  • Class link: