Critical Reading and Writing (Level3&4)


The Critical Reading and Writing series is a long-term course plan targeted towards students ranging from grades 3 to 10. The aim of this course is to instruct students in the foundational skills needed to succeed on both standardized tests and collegiate-level writing courses. Students will participate in weekly reading and writing courses. Of the former, students will cover a variety of passage types, ranging from Literature to Science, and learn how to read efficiently, accurately, and draw reasonable interpretations from the text. Of the latter, students will complete grammar lessons before transitioning to completing expository and argumentative essays, thus honing their analytical skills. Students will progress through different levels, engaging with texts that increase in complexity and difficulty, ultimately achieving mastery over foundational reading and writing abilities. 


Moreover, students will learn and read from a malleable source that is capable of adjusting to the student’s reading levels. This mitigates the risk of students engaging with texts that are far above or far below their reading comprehension level. By the end of the series, students should be fully equipped with the foundational skills necessary to succeed in the SAT/AP and upper level writing courses.

Lorry - CRW - L3【Max 15】recommend for G7-9

[8/19 - 10/23] Wed, Fri 3:30pm - 5:00pm (West Coast)

6:30pm - 8:00pm (East Coast)

Level 3:

The Critical Reading and Writing Level 3 course aims to prepare students for upper-level English courses and standardized tests such as the PSAT and SAT. Students will build the foundational skills required to comprehend, interpret, and analyze challenging texts that cover a variety of subjects. Additionally, students will complete rhetorical analysis essays, and improve their abilities in writing analytical essays.


Target Learner: 

7th Grade through 9th Grade. Students should be prepared to complete a few homework assignments, including three essays, and come to class ready and willing to learn. 

Learner Outcomes:

Readers at this level will focus on breaking down complex arguments into simpler components, and be able to discern the main argument of a passage. Students will learn how to make reasonable interpretations of a text, close read lines for theme and purpose, and analyze the arguments that compose a passage.


Writers at this level will focus on mastering rhetorical analysis essays. This entails identifying the rhetorical devices an author uses, how it supports the author’s argument, and how it persuades the reader. 

Aimee - CRW - L4 【Max 15】recommend for G9-10  

[8/17-10/26 (no class on 9/7)] Mon, Thur 4:00pm - 5:30pm

(West Coast) 

7:00pm - 8:30pm (East Coast)

Level 4 :

The Critical Reading and Writing Level 4 classes are designed with high-school students specifically in mind. The course is aimed at instructing students in advanced reading, writing, and analytical abilities. Students will read a variety of literature, including fiction and nonfiction, that covers a range of historical periods and topics.  Students will learn how to make explicit and inferential interpretations from a text, synthesize information, and identify how discrete details or writing techniques contribute to the overall meaning of a work. There will be a focus on academic writing, and students will be asked to complete three different kinds of analytical essays that are appropriate for advanced placement or collegiate writing. Especially during a time of remote learning in schools, this course’s purpose is to provide students with a rigorous and challenging curriculum that will supplement their high school courses.

Target Learner: 

9th Grade through 10th Grade. Students should be prepared to complete a few homework assignments. 

Learner Outcomes:

Students will be able to: 

  1. explain ideas, processes, and relationships within and across texts (themes, evidence-based argument) in detail based on close reading of a text and using academic language 

  2. identify two or more central themes of a text and how the author develops it over the course of the passage, including how they interact and build upon each other with complex analysis 

  3. cite strong and thorough textual evidence in favor of explicit and inferential claims 

  4. evaluate how a writers use of a sentence structure or words produces nuances and effects on the audience, with reasonable argumentation and strong support from the text 

  5. write a literary analysis essay that examines the usage and interactions of various different types of literary devices, and explain how such usage conveys the central theme(s) of the fictional text 

  6. write a synthesis essay that traces the development of an argument across multiple nonfiction passages, with strong evidence and sound reasoning



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