Reading and Writing Skills

In this course you will learn strategies to help strengthen your reading and writing skills. You will practice analyzing and discussing advanced texts and feel more confident writing your English papers.
Designed for

Students who want to improve on their English reading and writing skills

Level

All levels

Class format

One-on-one and small group (Max. 7 students/class)

Class Introduction

In this course, you will learn strategies to help strengthen your reading and writing skills. You will practice analyzing and discussing advanced texts and feel more confident writing your English papers.

Outcome

Students will have read and analyzed 3 advanced passages from various famous literary texts, and have written 3 analysis essays (with feedback and review) after this course. They will also have received additional training in literature analysis, essay planning, and drafting, annotating, rhetoric, test-taking strategies, and in writing research citations.

Course Content
Texts:
  • A variety of famous literary texts, determined based on assessment, which could include:
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  • Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, Education
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
  • Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal
  • Virginia Woolf, Professions for Women
LessonTopics
1Reading and Writing Skills Assessment
2Literary Text Reading (Passage 1) and Analysis
3Analysis (continued) and Essay Planning Essay Drafting and Revision (Examples and Practice)
4Annotation Overview and Rhetoric
5Discuss Analysis of Reading Passage 2
6Research and Citations
7Reading Passage 3 and Test-Taking Strategies
8Writing Prompt Strategies Review of Skills Learned with Essay Peer Review
Feedback

Students and their parents will receive brief feedback after each class, via Teachworks, regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email. At the end of the course, the student will receive a final report card, which thoroughly speaks to their overall participation in the course, including major assignments.

Schedule

8 group lessons, 2 hours each, 16 hours in total

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