Academic Programs

Topics in English

This course will explore topics in both grammar and writing. 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.

Students will also 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.

Grades: Rising 6th – 8th graders

Time: 9:00am – 10:15am

Weeks Available: July 5-July 21, 2022 (three-week commitment) 

                                *First week Tuesday through Friday due to holiday

Cost: $600