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

Learning is enhanced through:

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.