Programs

Reading Comprehension and Book Reports

Reading is the art of decoding letters and words. Once this art is learned it is time for the student to comprehend or understand what is being read. The natural transition after comprehension is the presentation of materials read and understood. During this class students will read works of fiction and nonfiction and analyze the various parts of literature in order to respond and present them coherently to an audience.

Reading Comprehension and Literary Analysis

In this combination of our Reading Comprehension and Literary Analysis programs, student will be taught different methods to analyze fiction and non-fiction. Students will analyze different types of literature—stories, poems, plays, and essays and will learn how to evaluate them.

Reading Comprehension and Response to Literature

Reading is the art of decoding letters and words. Once this art is learned, it is time for the student to comprehend or understand what is being read. Ad natural transition after comprehension is the presentation of materials read and understood. During this class students will read works of fiction and nonfiction and analyze the various parts of literature in order to respond and present them coherently to an audience.

Response to Literature

As part of responding to literature, students learn to examine the theme, plot, characters, and other aspects of a chapter, story, book, or poem. Students will examine a variety of stories and write different types of responses to these stories.

SAT Prep

Students will be prepared for the critical reading and writing portion of the SAT. They will hone their reading comprehension skills and understanding of grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Essay writing is emphasized. Students will take practice tests that simulate real life testing conditions. They will also write timed essays after being given a prompt. We use College Board books and other books to prepare students for this very important examination.

Speech and Debate

Students will learn and practice basic research methods to find and develop presentation or speech topics. They will learn the basic elements of speech and presentation, which include an understanding of audience and rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, logos). They will also learn the rules of debate.

Speech Writing

Students will learn and practice basic research methods to find and develop presentation or speech topics.

Story Writing

The five elements of story writing will be the focus during this session. Students will be introduced to a variety of fiction and nonfiction genres. They will progress into genre writing and learn how each genre has its own set of particular rules that drives character creation, setting, and plot. During the second half of the sessions they will choose one of their short stories and improve upon that. This story will be published in the school anthology.

Story Writing Genres

A variety of fiction and nonfiction genres will be the focus during this session. They will progress into genre writing and learn how each genre has its own set of particular rules that drives character creation, setting, and plot. During the second half of the sessions they will choose one of their short stories and improve upon that. This story will be published in the school anthology.

The Art of Storytelling

The gift of storytelling may be one of life’s most powerful and envied skills. A young storyteller learns to let go of inhibitions and gains confidence to talk in front of an audience while having fun. Participants will learn the art of narration using different storytelling techniques like Puppet Theater, shadow puppets, play acting, and mime. They will take home the story telling tools that they create during the week.