Scheduled Programs

Literary Analysis and Writing Conventions

The purpose of literary analysis is to break down parts of literature into its components and to evaluate a piece of writing in order to explain it better. The ability to analyze literature is useful for anyone that wishes to be part of the academic or professional world. This week students will analyze different types of literature—stories, poems, plays, and essays and will learn how to evaluate them.

Narrative Essay Writing

Students will learn to write the narrative essay, which focuses on developing a student’s ability to write in the first person and to follow a linear narrative structure. Students will write three to five paragraph essay, which is the structure favored by school teachers. They also will learn how to plan and outline their essays properly before writing, as well as how to revise their essays.

Opinion and Persuasive 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.

Opinion Essay

Students will learn to write the opinion paragraphs, which focuses on developing a student’s ability to support a stated position in accordance to the common core curriculum. Students will use structure favored by school teachers. They also will learn how to plan and outline their essays properly before writing, as well as how to revise their essays.

Publishing

Students will learn how to convert their short stories into longer stories. The art of illustrations for the intermediate reader will also be discussed. Students will work towards publishing their own picture book, early reader, short story collection, chap book (collection of poetry), or comic. Some students may work towards finishing a chapter book.

Publishing—Chapter Book

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. Students will work towards publishing their chapter books.

Publishing—Picture Book

Picture books are stories intended for the beginning reader and are told with limited prose and extensive illustrations. Students in this class will learn how to convert their stories into picture books. They will also learn the art of illustrating for the beginning reader. Students will work towards publishing their picture books.

Reading Comprehension and Writing Conventions

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. Children will be taught different methods to analyze fiction and non-fiction. 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.

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.

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.