Essay Writing I (Gr. 3-5)
This course introduces elementary school students to longer forms of writing. It prepares students for writing well structured essays by teaching them tools and techniques to write clearly and effectively, using complete paragraphs, transitional sentences, and a theme throughout the composition. Students begin by writing various types of paragraphs, such as expository, persuasive, and narrative, while expanding upon their knowledge of grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as well as learning how to evaluate writing and conduct research. The culminating activity of the course is writing a five paragraph narrative essay. Our interactive lessons are designed to be engaging, challenging, and customized to meet each student's academic needs. In a fun, rewarding, and encouraging environment, students learn how to communicate through writing, while exploring their imagination and creativity!
Essay Writing II (Gr. 4-5)
In this course, students will refine and build upon previously learned knowledge and skills to write increasingly complex, multiple-paragraph essays. They will master writing essays that contain formal introductions, ample supporting evidence, and conclusions. Students will learn writing techniques and experiment with various types of essay leads (e.g., an astonishing fact, a dramatic scene). They discover how to evaluate writing and conduct research. As they learn different techniques and write for different purposes, their writing will take on their each individual style and voice.
* This course is a direct continuation of our Essay Writing I course and is recommended for students who took Essay Writing I in the previous school year or for students who are ready for more advanced level of essay writing.
Essay Writing III (Gr. 6-8)
This course prepares students to write essays that not only meets the middle school standards, but also prepares them for the essay portion of the ISEE Upper Level (Independent School Entrance Exam), PSAT 8/9 and HSPT tests. Students will be taught to select and use different forms of writing for specific purposes such as to inform, persuade, or entertain. Students will learn to vary sentence structure and use verb tenses
appropriately and consistently such as present, past, future, perfect, and progressive. Students will improve their knowledge of grammar and usage, spelling, punctuation, and other conventions of written language while honing their skills of writing a strong 5 paragraph essay (500-700 words).
All lessons are designed to be both challenging and graspable for each student. In a fun, rewarding, and encouraging environment, students progress at an accelerated pace, building creativity, knowledge, application skills, and confidence.
The Art of Persuasion (Gr. 4-6, 7-9)
Young minds need skills that help them effectively reason and communicate. These analytical abilities are perhaps more necessary now than ever. Many of the communication skills adults take for granted need to be taught to today’s children. In the Art of Persuasion your child will be given tools that will help her/him be a better listener, thinker, and communicator. We will explore certain logical fallacies that children and adults make, and we will learn why they should be avoided. We will be introduced to strategies designed to strengthen our arguments and that help us persuade others into seeing our perspective. Throughout all of our lessons, your child will participate in interactive games designed to help her/him laugh and learn.
Creative Writing (Gr. 3-5, 6-8)- Summer Course
Delving into the imaginations of young minds, this class offers an outlet to productively express creativity, while developing valuable writing skills and exploring brainstorming techniques. Tasked with thought-provoking writing prompts and fun, supportive exercises, students will learn how to effectively use literary devices, proper grammar, and advanced vocabulary in various forms of English language composition.
Our interactive online lessons are designed to be engaging, challenging, and customized to meet each student's academic needs. In a fun, rewarding, and encouraging digital environment, students will learn how to communicate through writing, while letting their imaginations run wild.