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an intensive, one-on-one writing course for grades 8-10

Analytical writing is the most important and often the most challenging writing task that students face in high school and in college. Mastering this type of writing gives students a rock-solid competitive advantage—a competitive edge that cuts across the span of their scholastic careers. They meet the task with more confidence and less frustration, conquering the fear and stress that often accompanies even starting these assignments.

A year of hybrid and remote learning has created a crisis of confidence.

Families are concerned that their students’ writing training was insufficient during the pandemic, stagnating their progress. They worry their student lacked the opportunity to write and sharpen more essays. Or that feedback that unlocks growth may have been limited. The fact is, even in the best of times, learning writing in an open classroom setting is challenging.

Middle school or early high school is the perfect time for students to master analytical writing skills.

Expectations for student writing rise in grades 8-10, making it a sweet spot for enhanced instruction. In our rigorous and engaging course, students will learn to structure their essays, deepen their analysis, develop their arguments, and create quality supportive examples. It’s this level of preparation and skill development that become invaluable to students when they advance to honors, AP, and higher-level English and history classes.

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Introducing Summit’s Peak Writing Course:

One-on-one instruction, built to boost analytical writing skills.

Working one-on-one with an expert writing teacher is the ideal environment for mastering writing. Your teacher will tailor the lesson pacing, challenge level, and feedback to your student. Students will learn to engage confidently with the writing process and not see it as a chore.

On the reading side, students will learn techniques for analyzing literature and strategies for understanding text at a deeper level. On the writing side, students will become more comfortable and confident with the writing process. They’ll learn to create compelling thesis statements, develop thoughtful, well-supported arguments, and produce cohesive, well-written 4 and 5 paragraph analytical essays.

Peak Writing learning outcomes

Analytical techniques for approaching a piece of literature

Close reading and making solid inferences

Multiple annotation techniques

Literary terminology

Creating strong, supportable theses

Creating cohesive, analytical paragraphs

Editing and revision skills

Writing an effective 5-paragraph essay, using evidence and citations

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Experienced writing teachers, hand-picked for these courses.

Most of our top-tier teachers are current or former English teachers who have a talent for engaging students in this age group. They’re experts at analyzing student writing and giving clear, actionable feedback on areas for growth.

They are passionate about what they do and are committed to their students’ success. Through Summit’s analytical writing course, your student will learn to master the most important type of writing they’ll encounter in their academic careers.

Meet Some of Our Top Writing Teachers

DON BIRMINGHAM

Don has a B.A. in English from Amherst College and earned Master’s degrees in Special Education at St. John’s University and in Sports Management at UMass Amherst. He is a 6th grade English and Social Studies teacher and has taught advanced level English to students up through 12th grade.

MEGAN CALLAHAN

Megan earned an M.A. in English from the University of Delaware. She is a high school English teacher with 20 years of experience teaching writing, literature, and English at the college and high school levels.

SANDY LEBRUN

Sandy has a B.S. in psychology and French from Holy Cross and a Master’s in Teaching from Tufts University. She has extensive experience with upper elementary and middle school students. She’s worked with students with learning disabilities and anxiety.

KATE LITTERER

Kate earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the UMass Amherst. Her work is published in academic journals, popular magazines, and creative writing publications. She has also published a book of poetry. Kate is a professional productivity coach and has expertise with executive functioning skills.

CAROL MARGOLIS

Carol has a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and an M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from Washington University. She has been teaching high school English subjects for over 20 years.

NICK MCKELVIE

Nick graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Education and concentration in English. He teaches high school English at The Clark School, and in 2019, he earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College.

BETHANY PLANTE

Bethany graduated summa cum laude from UMass Boston with a double major in French and History and a concentration in Spanish. She recently retired from her position as Associate Teacher at Spark Academy in Lawrence, MA, where she taught 6th grade Math and 8th grade ELA.

KELSEY SULLIVAN

Kelsey Sullivan earned her B.A. in English Teaching and her Master’s of Education from University of New Hampshire, where she also minored in American Sign Language. She is an English teacher, teaching both at the high school and middle school levels.

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