ESSAY WRITING (GRADES 3-8)
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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 learning how to write various types of paragraphs, applying the RACER model.  Once they master the skill of paragraph writing, students will proceed to learning essential skills and techniques of writing three main types of the essays: narrative (personal and story), informative/explanatory and opinion.  Students will learn the 5 steps of writing a successful essay: Brainstorming, Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Publishing. They will expand  their knowledge of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The culminating activity of the course is writing a three 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. 4-6)

In this course, students will refine and build upon previously learned knowledge and skills to write increasingly complex, multiple-paragraph essays. We will focus on writing three main types of essays: narrative, explanatory and persuasive. They will also try their hand at creative (free form) writing.  They will master writing essays that contain formal introductions, ample supporting evidence, and conclusions. Students will learn more advanced writing techniques to express their thoughts clearly and precisely to make writing come alive.  They will 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 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 five-paragraph essays that meet standards set for middle school as well as high school entrance exams (e.g., ISEE and HSPT).  Provided with step-by-step instruction, students will master the skill of argumentative, narrative, and informative/explanatory writing. While honing their brainstorming, formatting, and editing skills, students will learn to make their writing come alive through detailed imagery, using descriptive adjectives and other parts of speech. The instructor will guide students in using various sentence structures, transitions, and literary devices, including similes and metaphors. All lessons are designed to be both challenging and attainable for each student. In a fun, rewarding, and encouraging environment, students progress at an accelerated pace—building new skills, creativity, and confidence.

 

CREATIVE WRITING  (Gr. 3-5, 6-8) - SUMMER COURSES

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.

THE ART of PERSUASION (Gr. 4-6, 7-9) - not currently offered

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.