Basic Grammar & Writing
This course for students in grades 7, 8, and 9 involves high-intensity instruction in which the student concentrates on review and practice of those basic skills necessary for the writing of effective sentences and for detecting and correcting common structural errors in sentences. The goal of the course is the development of the student’s ability to write acceptable high-school-level prose in unified, coherent, adequately developed expository paragraphs. This goal is reached by covering the areas of grammar, mechanics, punctuation, spelling and diction, effective sentences, and finally, the paragraph. Writing assignments vary from critical to expository to creative. (Also listed for Middle School.)
June 18 – July 27
English, Grades 9–10
For students who have completed grades 8 and 9 or for those who wish to review 10th grade English, the goal of this course is to provide students with a complete and systematic review of the fundamentals of English grammar, to help students write clearly and correctly, and to introduce students to several works of literature with emphasis on the fundamentals of fiction. Instruction focuses on writing the longer essay with an effective thesis statement and supporting paragraphs. Vocabulary and spelling are also studied, depending on the needs of the individual.
June 18 – July 27
Creative Writing New Description
If rules were made to be broken, then in this class, we’ll oblige (and break) them. Let’s face it: “literary” fiction can be a little stuffy, but it doesn’t have to be! What makes a piece of fiction “literary”? That’s is a hotly debated question, but the one thing people agree on is that it must be complex and thought-provoking. So, can literary fiction have aliens from one of Jupiter’s moons? Can it be interspersed with sections of poetry? Or diary entries? Or Twitter DMs? Can it be written backwards? Can it use made up languages? Can it be a madlib? Or a captain’s log? Or be written from the point of view of a school bus and still be “literary” fiction? Let’s find out. (This class will be taught by this year's Writer in Residence, Maggie Smith.)
**Tutoring for any branch of English, including for 11th & 12th graders may be possible. Please contact the summer school director, Tom Carroll, to explore this option.