Classes

All TLG classes and curriculum incorporate and develop critical thinking, reading, and writing. Reading improves writing, writing deepens reading comprehension, and reading and writing improves critical thinking.

TLG Writing Classes

Available all year round, our weekly writing classes meet once a week for two hours a class. These writing classes include in-depth guided reading and writing instruction, with about 60% of class time spent on writing and 40% on reading. Students are regularly assessed on their writing performance.


Primary (P) – K-2nd Grade Writing Classes:

In our primary level classes, TLG teachers help students lay a foundation for lifelong literacy. Our primary students build basic conventions in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and expression through guided reading and writing. Genres of writing covered at this grade level include:

  • Book Reviews
  • Autobiographical Writing
  • Simple Narratives
  • Letter Writing
  • Opinion Writing

Students at this level require and receive heavily guided and structured reading and writing but are also given opportunities to write in free form to encourage creativity.

Kindergarteners are encouraged to write at least 50 words per composition, 1st graders 100 words per composition, and 2nd graders 200 words per composition.


Elementary (E) – 3rd-4th Grade Writing Classes:

In our elementary level classes, TLG teachers help students strengthen their foundation for a lifetime of reading and writing. Students’ basic conventions in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and expression are solidified through more challenging reading and writing. Students are assigned guided and independent reading of both fiction and nonfiction texts with annotations. Genres of writing covered at this grade level include:

  • Narrative Writing
  • Report Writing
  • Opinion Essays
  • Literature Response and Analysis

Throughout each school year, an entire novel is read and thoroughly discussed, analyzed, and written about in group guided reading sessions.

Students in 3rd and 4th grade are encouraged to aim for 300 and 400 words per composition respectively.


Middle School (MS) – 5th-7th Grade Writing Classes:

For our middle school students, TLG teachers begin to lay the groundwork for the demands of high school, college, and beyond. Students work on expanding their knowledge and expressions to develop more sophisticated styles in their writing. Independent and guided reading are assigned with annotations in both fiction and nonfiction texts. Genres of writing covered at this grade level include:

  • Narrative Writing
  • Report Writing
  • Argumentative Essays
  • Literature Response and Analysis

Throughout each school year, an entire novel is read in class and thoroughly discussed, analyzed, and written about in group guided reading sessions.

Middle school students are required to write 500, 600, and 700 words for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders respectively.


High School Prep (HSP) – 7th-9th Grade Writing Classes:

Our high school preparation class starts to challenge students with the basics of advanced level high school writing, preparing for SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests. Students are encouraged to become more

sophisticated and insightful in both their writing styles and critical thinking. Independent and guided reading in fiction and nonfiction continue to require annotations, and deeper comprehension and analysis are cultivated. Genres of writing covered at this grade level include:

  • Narrative Writing
  • Report Writing
  • Argumentative Essays
  • Autobiographical Writing
  • Argumentative Synthesis Essays
  • Literature Response and Analysis Essays
  • Rhetorical Analysis Essays

Throughout each school year, an entire book is read in class and thoroughly discussed, analyzed, and written about in group guided reading sessions.

High school preparation students are required to write 700, 800, and 900 words for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders respectively. The common length for high school writing tests is 500-800 words.


High School Workshop (HSW) – 9th-12th Grade Writing Classes:

Our high school workshop class is designed to accommodate the many demands students face at the high school level. Genres of writing covered at this grade level include:

  • SAT Essay
  • ACT Essay
  • AP English Language
  • AP English Literature
  • AP History (World, European, US History)
  • IB tests
  • School assignments
  • College Admissions Personal Statements
  • Personal writing projects

For high school workshop students, length of writing depends on the test, assignment, or project. The  common length for high school writing tests is 500-800 words.


Online High School Workshop (OHSW) – 9th-12th Grade Writing Classes:

Our online high school workshop class provides a convenient online option that is individually tailored to the needs of each student in terms of college entrance writing tests (ACT, SAT, AP, IB, etc.), school assignments, personal statements, or creative projects.

TLG Reading Classes

Available all year round, our weekly reading classes meet once a week for two hours a class. In the summer, reading classes run Monday through Friday, with students reading one book a week with teacher guidance. The TLG Reading Classes are designed to encourage structured reading that will expand and develop student knowledge and reading skills as well as provide a strong foundation for growth in writing. Class time consists of approximately 80% group reading and 20% writing.


Primary (P) – K-2nd Grade Reading Classes:

Primary level students are guided by teachers reading non-fiction books, taking annotations to improve analysis and comprehension, and writing a composition based on the text. As most students tend to read more narrative texts at younger ages, this early exposure to non-fiction texts builds a strong foundation of skills, knowledge, and reading and writing habits.


Elementary (E) – 3rd-5th Grade Reading Classes:

Through reading non-fiction books, our elementary level students learn new vocabulary and broad knowledge to assist with the often difficult jump between 3rd and 4th grade in text difficulty at school. This will also serve to lay the groundwork for challenging future non-fiction reading and the even more challenging jumps in text difficulty from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school.


Middle School (MS) – 5th-7th Grade Reading Classes:

Students will be reading non-fiction texts that cover a range of topics and world issues such as politics, history, science, philosophy, economics, and technology. Books and topics read in this class solidify the important foundation on which to build the more advanced reading, writing, and thinking skills that will be required at the advanced high school level.


High School 7th-12th Grade Reading Classes:

Texts chosen for our high school level classes are at the advanced high school and beginning college levels of difficulty. The nonfiction reading course covers a large range of topics primarily in preparation for AP courses in English, history, and other humanities subjects. These books are often difficult for even advanced high school students to read on their own, and thus TLG teacher guidance, and in-class discussions serves to support students as they expose themselves to these challenging texts.