Writing, Reading, & ESL Classes

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Writing Instruction

Essay Writing Foundations:

a summer intensive  

Does your student have trouble getting those thoughts onto paper? Are the ideas jumbled, unorganized, and lacking a focused main idea?  They don't know where to start, what to write, how to write, and so they procrastinate and are burdened by a sense of doom. It doesn't need to be this way. Writing is a teachable skill. All students can learn to write. It is accessible! What they need is explicit teaching, practice, and feedback! The explicit teaching and authentic assessment of writing is often neglected in schools, and students are just supposed to "write an essay."

 

This is a five week, intensive writing class that meets three times a week. Students will learn to write coherent, organized, and effective expository essays that are the foundation to argument writing. These are foundational essay-writing skills that all students must understand and master for future success in high school, college, and work. 

One of the most common problems students have when it comes to writing is neglecting the pre-writing stage of the process. This is the longest and most important part of the process and a lot hinges on doing this step well. After students generate ideas and organize them, they will write their thesis statements and then go on to write their essay. They will learn how to write an introduction, the main idea paragraphs, and the conclusion. They will also learn how to adhere to MLA style guidelines, including how to write a references page. This will lead into argument writing, which will be offered next summer!

$500 for 17 hours of group instruction

Grades 6-12   |   live group class   |   4 weeks

July 1 - August 2, 2020

  • Class type: Synchronous Group (a live class that meets as a group with the instructor). 

  • Meeting schedule: 12 sessions, meeting 3 times week T, W, Th;  9:00 a.m.-10:25 am Mountain Time

  • Class length85 minutes

  • Homework requirements: 1-3 hrs a week

  • Pre-requisites: None

Grammar Application &                Sentence Construction

The purpose of learning grammar is to write something beautiful. Or persuasive.  Or inspirational. Or . . . . Fill in the blank.  Authors strive for clarity, but writing is also an art. Grammar knowledge is like a number of gadgets in your toolbox to help you get the job done. If you want to build a beautiful piece of furniture--say a patio table that will seat your guests for long, summer dinners--you need to have the right tools. Furniture has function, of course, but it also has style. Do you want the top of your table to have a beveled edge? Why? Writing is the same! How can an author use words, syntax, and grammar to bring about an emotion in your reader? When should you start a sentence with an adverbial phrase? What effect does a long string of dependent clauses have on the advancement of an idea or theme? This is why writers need to understand how to use the tools of the trade--nouns, verbs, subordinate clauses, semicolons, oh my!

 

This class is not a drill and kill grammar class. Instead, we will focus on how a writer can purposefully manipulate conventions and language for a determined purpose. We will spend time on sentence construction, sentence combining, and analyzing literature as well as clear informative writing to see how it all works. We will use classic and some modern literature as exemplars in our study of language and conventions.  This class is for students who have trouble with the coherent construction of sentences, which is a problem seen all the way through high school. We will determine which tool we need to write something beautiful! 

$99 for eight 25- minute group sessions

Grades 6-12   |   live group class   |   2 weeks

July 6 - July  20: Sessions start Monday and continue for two weeks.

  • Class type: Synchronous Group (a live class that meets as a group with the instructor). 

  • Meeting frequency: 4 times week, M-Th

  • Class length25 minutes

  • Homework requirements: 15-30 minutes, 4 days a week.

  • Pre-requisites: None

1-1 Writing Instruction:     
 Custom-Designed for You 

Sometimes a student needs one-on-one instruction that is customized for his or her needs. If you need more flexibility with scheduling than you can get with the live group class, this is what you need. This class will include a free consultation as well as testing to determine strengths and areas that need some strengthening when it comes to writing. This is completely customized, planned according to the student's needs, and adapted based on performance. Perhaps your student took the Essay Writing Foundations class, but as the school year progresses, she needs reminders, reteaching, or some other kind of support.

One of the most common problems students have when it comes to writing is neglecting the pre-writing stage of the process. This is the longest and most important part of the process and a lot hinges on doing this step well. After students generate ideas and organize them, they will write their thesis statements and then go on to write their essay. They will learn how to write an introduction, the main idea paragraphs, and the conclusion. They will also learn how to adhere to MLA style guidelines, including how to write a references page. This will lead into argument writing, which will be offered next summer!

This is different from tutoring in that instruction is custom-planned based on the student's need. While help and support with school work may be included, it is not the emphasis of this course. For tutoring, see the tutoring page.  

$800 for 17 hours of 1-1 instruction

Grades 4-12   |   live one-on-one   |   as needed

Year-round: You will purchase a package of classes and schedule as you see fit throughout the year. Intensive summer plans are possible.

  • Class type: Synchronous one-on-one (the student and the instructor meet at a time you choose). 

  • Meeting frequency: 12 sessions

  • Class length85 minutes

  • Homework requirements: 1-3 hrs a week

  • Pre-requisites: None

 

Reading Instruction

Reading Intervention: Custom-Designed for You

Is your child reading below grade level? Are her standardized test scores low? Do we need to figure this out and figure it out fast? That's what we will do. Sometimes a student needs one-on-one instruction that is customized for his or her needs. After some testing, fact-gathering, and completing the diagnostics consultation, we will determine your child's strengths and areas that need some strengthening when it comes to reading. If the small group class is not an option for whatever reason, you may want to tackle this in a one-on-one format. This class is completely customized and planned according to the student's needs, and adapted based on performance. Your student may be reading at the eighth grade level based on fluency and his ability to decode, but his vocabulary and comprehension might be significantly below grade level. This course will be designed to target specific areas and eventually get him reading and analyzing non-fiction text as well as literature written at or above her grade level.  

$800 for 21 hrs of 1-1 instruction

Grades 4-12  |  live one-on-one  | 15 x 85-min sessions

Flexible Dates

  • Class type: Synchronous one-on-one (the student and the instructor meet at a time you choose) 

  • Meeting frequency: 2-3 times week, or as you choose to schedule

  • Class length85 minutes

  • Homework requirements: regular reading of student's choice, five nights a week

 

English Language Learners

English Classes for English
Language Learners of all Levels

 

Coming soon!

$20-$40 per 25 minute session

Ages 5-adult   |   live one-on-one   |   as needed

Year Around

  • Class type: Synchronous one-on-one (the student and the instructor meet at a time you choose) 

  • Meeting frequency: As often as you choose

  • Class length25 minutes

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