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Writing+ Program: Publish Your Writing

(K-12, Sept-Jun)  Writing Samples  |  Writing+PPT  | English Teacher Profiles


2017-18 Cupertino Site                          Calendar        RegistrationForm            Writing+Flyer



This is a comprehensive English program that teaches vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar, and most importantly, writing techniques. This program aims to help students perfect and publish their writing.


The Writing+ program has five levels, spanning K-12, each with the same goal but with a varying pace of progression. All levels aim to educate students on polishing and perfecting their writing techniques, with each writing level governed by a 6-point rubric. Students will spend one hour learning the week’s lesson and reviewing homework. In addition, a half hour will be spent working on individual writing skills such as grammar, vocabulary, or spelling in order to improve their areas of weakness.


In our Writing+ classes, students will cultivate stronger writing skills through various types of compositions (narrative, expository, persuasive, cause and effect, response to literature, book reports, summaries, biographies, etc.) Students will produce written pieces and writing techniques will be reinforced by weekly assignments. Here are some writing strategies that students will be using:


   * Setting a purpose

   * Focusing on an audience

   * Forming and supporting a main idea

   * Organizing ideas in a coherent fashion

   * Using a unique, personal voice

   * Perfecting word choice

   * Varying sentence structures to increase effectiveness

   * Elaborating with facts and details

   * Proofreading to check for errors








































Writing+ Traits and Rubrics


Well-developed writing has six traits that characterize it to be a successful piece. A student that can recognize and learn each trait thus learns how to be a better writer. These six traits are:


1.      Conventions

2.      Organization

3.      Voice

4.      Word Choice

5.      Sentence Fluency

6.      Ideas


These six traits are introduced to students through the Writing+ program. Beginning with Conventions, the traits are taught and practiced over the course of the year. By the middle of the second semester, all traits will have been introduced, leaving the rest of the semester for review further writing development.


The Writing+ program uses a 6-point rubric to score writing assessments, with 6 being the highest score. Through this rubric, Writing+ instructors can then evaluate each student’s strength in a specific trait. For example, an instructor may give feedback to a student by saying “You need to work more on Voice, but you’re really strong in Organization.”




2014-2015 Writing+ All Winners   receiving “Outstanding Achievement in Essay and Creative Writing” Award:




















2012-2013 writing+ winners   2013-2014 Writing+ Winners    2014-2015 Writing+ All Winners

2011-2012 Content:   W1        W2        W3        W4                            2011-2012 Writing+ Winners

2010-2011 Content:   W1        W2        W3        W4  

Other courses’ content and schedules can be found at “Program Calendar” (located under the “Programs” tab). Registration information can be found at “Registration Forms and Policy.”


2017-18 Writing+ Syllabus and Schedule



Sample Essays



Day & Time





Cupertino: N/A

Fremont:  Thu  4 – 5:30 pm

Dublin: Tue  4 – 5:30 pm




1.5 hr

Cupertino: Mon 5:30-7pm, Wed 4-5:30pm

Palo Alto: N/A

Fremont:Thu  4 – 5:30 pm

Dublin: Fri 4 – 5:30 pm




1.5 hr

Cupertino: Mon 5:30-7pm, Wed 4-5:30pm

Palo Alto: N/A

Fremont: Thu  5:30 – 7 pm

Dublin: Fri 5:30 - 7 pm




1.5 hr

Cupertino:  Mon 5:30-7pm, Wed 4-5:30pm

Palo Alto:N/A

Fremont: Wed 5:30 – 7 pm

Dublin: Fri 7 – 8:30 pm





2 hr

Cupertino: Sun 1-3pm

Palo Alto: N/A

Fremont:Wed  3:30 – 5:30  pm

Dublin: Fri 7 – 9pm






Cupertino: Sun 11am-1pm

Palo Alto: N/A

FFremont: N/A

Dublin: N/A

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