Academic Programs

Topics in English

We believe in the classical concept of the “examined life”—the belief that a lifelong commitment to intellectual, aesthetic, and moral exploration and growth gives existence meaning and character. The English program provides a sequence of study designed to develop skills and attitudes essential to such a commitment: the ability to read and observe with discrimination, sensitivity, and pleasure; the ability to communicate information and ideas clearly, persuasively, and gracefully; the inclination to temper reason with understanding, to balance intellectual rigor and compassionate humanity; the urge to pursue the meaning of life but the perspective to recognize and relish life’s complexity and ambiguity.

Choose to participate virtually or in-person. The number of in-person students will be limited to 8 per class.

WRITING:

Grades: Rising 6th – 8th graders

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

Weeks Available: Session 1: July 5-July 22, 2021 (three-week commitment)

                               Session 2: July 26-August 12, 2021 (three-week commitment)

Cost: $600

Course Description:

Students will develop and practice the skills they need to become stronger writers. Over the course of three weeks, students will work through the entire essay-writing process, beginning with an outline and eventually building up to a polished and well-organized final draft. Structured peer review as well as detailed teacher feedback will help students improve all aspects of their writing, from the finer technicalities (e.g., grammar and sentence structure) to the big picture (e.g., overarching argument and authorial voice). Along the way, students will read and analyze several short works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry—not only to appreciate good writing, but also to hone their own craft.

GRAMMAR:

Grades: Rising 6th – 8th graders

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Weeks Available: Session 1: July 5-July 22, 2021 (three-week commitment)

                               Session 2: July 26-August 12, 2021 (three-week commitment)

Cost: $600

Course Description:

Students will explore the differences between spoken and written English, while evaluating the factors that influence use of grammar and vocabulary in speech and writing. At the completion of the course, students will have a better understanding of the English language and the way in which it is used in both speech and writing. Both worksheets and contextual practice will be implemented to help learn how to recognize certain grammatical structures within the context of short stories and other writings and how to create their own unique sentences by applying those grammatical structures.

LITERATURE:

Grades: Rising 6th – 8th graders

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Weeks Available: Session 1: July 5-July 22, 2021 (three-week commitment)

                               Session 2: July 26-August 12, 2021 (three-week commitment)

Cost: $600

Course Description:

Students will be exposed to a range of English literature, including short stories and poems in order to provide a space for discussion and development of analytical skills. In this class, students will develop the ability to read and observe with discrimination, sensitivity, and pleasure and the ability to communicate information and ideas clearly, persuasively, and gracefully both through writing and discussion.

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