Programs

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.

The Fundamental Essay

Students will write three-paragraph essays focusing on good introductory, body and concluding paragraphs, which is the preferred method in schools. They will learn to use topic sentences and transitional words as they write different types of essays.

The Personal Narrative

The personal narrative is one of the most widely used essay types and is required for students of this grade level as they learn to describe events in their life and how the event affects them. This essay forms an essential part of high school and college entrances tests. They are also needed at later stages. The focus of this week will be the proper usage of voice and diction to convey vivid emotions and to create a world that is visible to the reader. The proper method to quote other works or other people while writing a personal narrative will also be discussed.

Writing and Publishing

Writing articles and stories for publication will be the focus this week. Students will learn how to create publishable works of fiction and nonfiction by researching facts, history, and traditions. Depending upon their interest, they will be encouraged to create a piece of information writing or fiction. If interested, students can work on this first draft during later weeks to publish their own book.

Writing Chapter Books 1

Early reader chapter books are intended for beginning readers and are told with a limited number of illustrations. Students in this class will write complete stories and use illustrations to help tell the story better.

Writing Chapter Books 2

Chapter books are books intended for intermediate readers and are told with extensive prose with a limited number of illustrations. Students in this class will learn how to convert their short stories into longer stories. The art of illustrations for the intermediate reader will also be discussed.