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Written Word

Whether you’re a future lawyer, a lacrosse pro, or computer analyst, you need to know not only how to write, but how to write well. From standardized testing to academic research papers to college admissions essays, we interact with words every minute. To write effectively, we need to not only learn and master key mechanical rules but read both fiction and nonfiction texts thoroughly with deep analysis. 

Our Written Word program strengthens writing and reading foundations by breaking the English language down into its central components. We begin with a deep dive on voice, exploring what a student’s existing writing style sounds, looks, and reads like. Then we break apart a sentence, focusing on vocabulary & context clues, grammar & punctuation, and passages from all writing genres. Our program then tackles the steps to put those pieces together, from outline to deadline. Your student will use the latest in online learning platforms combined with traditional learning practices to grow their writing style to something more efficient, elevated, and confident.

The Top Score Written Word Course Structure


Session #1

Voice & Fiction: Introduction to voice, point of view, and narrative style


Session #2

Narrative Writing: Descriptive writing, utilizing the five senses in writing, and “the imitation exercise” – learn to emulate the writing patterns of literary greats


Session #3

Vocabulary & Context Clues: The origin of vocabulary, Greek & Latin roots, the five types of context clues, and how to decipher new words


Session #4

Grammar Part 1: Grammar diagnostic, parts of speech, and sentence structure


Session #5

Grammar Part 2: Precise punctuation, commas & modifiers review


Session #6

Reading Comprehension (Fiction): Literary devices and how to recognize them


Session #7

Reading Comprehension (Nonfiction) & Styles of Annotation: Review annotation, learn and try fishbone diagramming


Session #8

Expository Essays and Crafting a Thesis: How to compile notes and research for an expository essay, create your project plan, and outline


Session #9

The Modes of Persuasion & Argumentative Essays: Modes of persuasion: ethos, logos, pathos and how to research and prepare an argumentative essay


Session #10

Editing Workshop: Live edit their expository and narrative essays

Written Word FAQ

Written Word is an enrichment program that centers on strengthening a student’s reading comprehension and writing skills. Students will use traditional academic strategies and project-based learning techniques to improve proficiency in vocabulary, grammar, analytical reading, essay writing, and narrative.

We focus on helping a student find their voice first by identifying and analyzing the works of literary greats, then through a series of activities to build their writing style. By building this firm foundation and exploring non-traditional texts and exercises, students will develop stronger reading & writing skills and a love for literature in and out of the classroom.

The standard 10-lesson (90 minutes per lesson) Written Word program costs $1,875. Additional lessons are billed at a fixed hourly rate.

Students will read from a mix of great literary works and contemporary resources. Our high schoolers review works from Bradbury, Hemingway, Shakespeare, and more! 

Written Word is our own custom Reading and Writing curriculum, with its own syllabus and structure. If your student is in need of assistance with a current class, time can be added to a lesson. 

Written Word begins as a 10-lesson program, following the course structure listed in the section above, with weekly or bi-weekly 90-minute sessions. Following their initial 10 lessons, families can continue the program with a particular circle-back focus on topics with which students need additional time and support.

Yes! Written Word was designed to support students with learning differences and neurotypical students and is appropriate for a wide range of learners.

Written Word is designed for middle and high school students. The curriculum is differentiated for students of different ages and grade levels. 

Learning is

In-home and 1:1 learning structures with remote tutoring options.

Proven and motivational career tutors who serve as advocates.

Long term support at every step of the student journey.

Transparency with no hidden or extra fees since partnership extends beyond an hourly rate.