Scheduled Programs

Argumentative Essay

Students will learn to write the argumentative essay, which focuses on developing a student’s ability to support a stated opinion using well made arguments. Students will write three to five paragraph essays, which is the structure favored by school teachers. Students will acquaint themselves with the various types of writing as required by the common core curriculum as they learn how to use facts in their papers and explain their topic concisely and clearly. Students will begin to learn how to research material for their essays

Create-a-Book

The art of bookmaking and illustrating books will be the focus of this week. While creating books of different types, students will infuse their stories with descriptive language, creating vibrant pictures in the reader’s mind.

Creative Writing

Students will learn Lekha’s time-tested methods to overcome writer’s block while writing short stories, poems, and short plays. 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.

Creative Writing and Publishing

Your child will be taught to write creatively using a blend of time tested and newly developed methods. Our model of instruction is based on Expressivist and Process pedagogies. We utilize visualization and verbalization techniques, creative play, illustration, and other low stakes writing activities that help students overcome writer’s block or any fears about writing. Students will have an opportunity to have their works published by Lekha Publishers.

Descriptive & Expository Essay

The focus of this week is on learning the art of infor ming the reader and describing the topic of choice. Students will acquaint themselves with the essay, learning how to use facts in their papers and explain their topic concisely and clearly. Students will begin to learn how to research material for their essays.

Essay Writing

Students will learn the art of writing essays. Depending on their grade level they will write three and five-paragraph essays as required by most schools. In addition to planning and outlining their essays, students will learn how to write appropriate topic sentences and powerful thesis statements will be discussed. Older students will write their essays using Modern Language Association (MLA) format.

Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing

Dive into a world of magical creatures or travel through time! Create characters that exist only in one’s imagination or those that can only be driven by technology. This program focuses on two popular genres, fantasy and science fiction. Students will write stories in these genres.

High School Essay & Personal Statement

Students will learn and practice different types of essays required for high school essays. They will also work on personal statements. Every narrative essay gives the writer a chance to showcase their life experiences and beliefs with readers. A personal statement requires the writer to think critically about their experiences and reflect upon themselves. In this class, the student will learn how to include insights about their abilities and strengths in an essay format that focuses upon personal growth. These essays are particularly important for students applying to institutions of higher learning.

High School Essay Writing

Students will learn the basics of the five paragraph essay, including the importance of staying on topic and developing a thesis. They will discuss how to take an essay from an assignment or idea to an actual paper using the help of pre-writing exercises that will help organize their thoughts. Associated Press (AP) and Modern Language Association (MLA) format will be discussed.

Informative Essay

Students will acquaint themselves with the informative (expository) essay, learning how to use facts in their papers and explain their topic concisely and clearly with the goal of informing the reader. Students will begin to learn how to research material for their essays.