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Writing Academy

Write for life! Whether it’s a simple email, a thank-you note, a complex essay or report, our Writing Academy classes will help you with content, organization, tone, and purpose.

The Academy offers three levels of classes, from the basics of sentence creation to paragraph development and essay writing. Students who complete the required assignments can earn Certificates of Achievement and/or Proficiency.

Textbooks: Writing to Communicate Book 1 (for level I Section A -and- level II Section A and B); Writing in English—Step by Step (for level I Section B); Writing to Communicate Book 2 (for level III). Required textbooks can be purchased in the Adult School office.

***Students will provide a writing sample during the first class to determine their level.***

  • FUNDAMENTALS OF WRITING I

    Practice writing sentences and developing coherent paragraphs with the goal of writing about your own life experiences.

    Quarter: Spring 2018
    Prerequisite: For students who are at the high beginning to low intermediate level
    Instructor: Adult School Staff

    SECTION A

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: March 30 to June 8
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 9:30 a.m.–12 noon
    Address: Greendell Rm P5
    Price: No Fee*

    SECTION 1-A

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: March 29 to June 7
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205
    Price: No Fee*
  • FUNDAMENTALS OF WRITING II

    This class is designed to teach students how to plan and write many types of paragraphs. It will focus on developing content through journaling and editing in class.

    Quarter: Spring 2018
    Prerequisite: For students who are at the low intermediate to high intermediate level
    Instructor: Adult School Staff

    SECTION A

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: March 30 to June 8
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 9:30 a.m.–12 Noon
    Address: Greendell Rm P6
    Price: No fee *

    SECTION B

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: March 29 to June 7
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 216
    Price: No Fee *
  • FUNDAMENTALS OF WRITING III

    In this class you will learn how to plan, develop, and edit a five-paragraph essay with an introduction, thesis statement, body paragraphs, and conclusion.

    Duration: 10 wks
    Date range: March 30 to June 8
    (No class: April 6.)
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Hour: 9:30 a.m.–12 Noon
    Address: Greendell Rm P9

    Quarter: Spring 2018
    Prerequisite: For students who are at the high intermediate to advanced level
    Price: No Fee*
    Instructor: Adult School Staff

  • ADVANCED RESEARCH WRITING

    Research is searching for answers through reading, interviewing, and writing.

    Duration: 7 wks
    Date range: March 28 to May 16
    (No class: April 4.)
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Hour: 6:30–9 p.m.
    Address: Palo Alto HS Rm 205

    Quarter: Spring 2018
    Prerequisite: Understanding of basic expository writing (the 5-paragraph essay)
    Price: $140
    Instructor: Sharon Hampel, shampel@pausd.org

    No Longer Available