The Literary Essay (Fall and Spring Sessions)
This course seeks to demystify the process of writing the literary essay and provide students with the tools to both understand and meaningfully engage with literature. The first half of the course is geared towards identifying literary devices. The second half will apply the understanding of these devices to making sense of ambiguity in fiction. Students will write a total of two papers: a short, 2-page close reading and a longer, 3/4-page literary analysis.
Film as Literature (Summer Session)
The way we talk about film closely mirrors the language we use to discuss literature. It’s somewhat funny, then, that students can talk about movies at length and with great ease, yet they struggle to do so with literature. This course aims to bridge this gap. We use film as an entry-point for the types of literary analysis expected of students in the classroom, approaching these topics in a fun and unconventional way. This course is a great fit for those students who want to improve their writing skills over the summer, just as it is a great fit for those who love film and want to enrich their appreciation of the form. (Grades 9, 10, 11)
Creative Writing (Summer Session)
This is a course with the would-be writer in mind. In the vein of a writer’s workshop, each class is guided by a theme and paired with a short piece of fiction. These pieces of fiction are launching points for writing, and students move from class discussion of the author’s stylistic choices, to imitation of those choices, to the creation of their own works. This course is a great fit for those students who already have some interest in / experience with writing. It is also a great opportunity for lovers of literature who want to turn their appreciation of writing into active engagement! (Grades 7, 8, 9)
SAT/ACT Verbal Prep (Spring and Summer Sessions)
This course is designed to optimize one’s performance on the verbal subsets of both the SAT and ACT. Though these tests are largely the same, there are key distinctions between them—distinctions that compliment different types of students and test takers. This course offers the opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with both tests so that they can determine which would best reflect them on the college application. To this end, students familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of each test, situating lessons in reading strategies and grammar in the context of the SAT/ACT’s standardized question and answer formats. We also focus on time management skills through a series of timed practice drills. Students take a mock SAT and ACT at the end of the course, and spend the last class reviewing their scores on each test. (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
The Research Paper (Fall Semester)
Research papers pose a different challenge than other forms of writing students are tasked with in high school. This course breaks down this process—daunting as it can seem—into a series of discrete steps, from pre-writing through copy-editing. Students select a topic that is of academic interest, formulate a question concerning said topic, and then proceed to research the larger conversation that surrounds their question. Finally, they contribute their own voice to this larger discourse. This class is a great fit for those students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school. All subjects and interests, from history to poli-sci to social studies and beyond, are encouraged!
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