Programs

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 Conventions

Participants will learn how to refine and develop their academic writing skills. Students will learn the art of correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar through interactive lessons.

Writing Conventions for High School

Participants will learn how to refine and develop their academic writing skills. In addition to correct punctuation and mechanics of writing, students will learn the rules of formatting their work according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) and Associated Press (AP) style guides.

Writing Conventions and Paragraph Structure

Participants will learn how to refine and develop their academic writing skills. Younger students will learn the art of correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar through interactive lessons. Compositions will be introduced through paragraph structure. Older students will learn to write the narrative structure. They will write three to five paragraph essays. They will also learn how to plan and outline their essays properly before writing, as well as how to revise their essays.

Writing Conventions For Middle School

Participants will learn how to refine and develop their academic writing skills. In addition to correct punctuation and the mechanics of writing, students will learn the rules of formatting their work according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) style guide.

Writing Conventions for the Common Core

Participants will learn how to refine and develop their academic writing skills according to the Common Core State Standards. Students will learn the art of correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar through interactive lessons.

Writing Nonfiction and Short Articles

In creative nonfiction, or literary nonfiction, the student will learn how to portray facts accurately using literary devices and dramatic techniques. They will learn how to write travelogues, science writing, nature writing, and sports writing among other genre.