The focus on state tests has left kids with a very formulaic writing style and has hindered the basic writing process. As a result, many kids do not understand how to transfer their writing skills to real-world applications. This leaves parents frustrated and students overwhelmed by the demands and expectations of an advanced writing curriculum.
High school students are expected to read and respond to difficult texts by writing essays and short answer responses. In these written assessments, students must provide insightful commentary, show their stylistic maturity with concise and elevated word choice, and organize their ideas in a logical and sophisticated manner. A strong foundation of writing skills is imperative for success and achievement in high school and beyond.
As a way to help strengthen students’ writing, I offer two summer writing camps.
Writing Boot Camp
A writing camp for incoming freshman only. Click on link for camp flyer: Freshmen Writing Boot Camp_2016
High school students are expected to read and respond to difficult texts by writing essays and short answer responses. In these written assessments, students must provide insightful commentary, show their stylistic maturity with concise and elevated word choice, and organize their ideas in a logical and sophisticated manner. This boot camp will enhance and build upon each student’s current writing ability.
Students will build writing muscle by learning:
- Brainstorm and organize ideas in a consistent and proven manner;
- Craft thesis and topic sentences;
- Select and smoothly integrate textual support;
- Move beyond surface understanding and literal interpretation to insightful, original thinking’
- Use creative writing skills when writing more academic style essays required in high school’
- Revise for content and say more with less in order to produce original written responses;
- Write with stylistic maturity using effective command of sentence structures and diction.
A writing workshop for fall classification sophomores and juniors. Click for camp flyer: Sophomore and Junior Writing Workshop_2016
Students will be guided through the foundational elements of the writing process so that they understand the steps and techniques of effective writing. Students will participate in mini-lessons on specific content and editing strategies. Models of effective writing will be shown, discussed, and imitated. Time for drafting and revising, peer response, and teacher conferencing will also be incorporated in every session. This writing workshop will encourage young writers to discover their own style, voice, and potential, ultimately, helping students grow and build self confidence in their writing abilities.
Students will focus on:
- A Strong Foundation: Getting and Organizing Ideas, Thesis and Topic Statements
- Beat the Clock: Top-Scoring Essays in Timed Situations
- High-Stakes Tests: Writing for the STAAR and SAT assessments
- Tricking Out Your Essay: Simple Techniques to Get Your Essay Noticed