English

List of 4 items.

  • Summer Success: Middle School Reading

    Students entering grades 6 – 8
    June 22 - July 10 (3 weeks) 
    70-minute daily class (time to be determined) 
    $330
     
    Within this 3-week program, students will be met where they are with regard to critical reading and strive toward ongoing improvement with teacher support. Interactive read-aloud exercises, written and oral responses and practiced oral fluency will all work to reinforce established foundations while challenging students to remain thoughtfully engaged during class time. Focusing on a variety of comprehension strategies, students will be challenged to read for meaning by identifying main ideas as well as examples of specific, supporting evidence. Students will exercise writing summary to express understanding, and use written reflection as a means to solidify their ideas prior to class discussion. In addition, students will engage in the work with vocabulary and in-depth word study to help trigger and support improved fluency and overall understanding. Lastly, students will engage in weekly current events exercises in order to connect reading for meaning to the world in which we live. Students may bring their summer reading requirement as their individual text.
  • Summer Success: Middle School Writing

    Students entering grades 6 – 8
    June 22 - July 10 (3 weeks) 
    70-minute daily class (time to be determined) 
    $330 
     
    Students will strengthen academic writing skills that are absolutely critical to success in school, working on areas such as effective word usage, punctuation, sentence construction, and paragraph development. Specific emphasis will be placed on organizational techniques for prewriting, developing topic sentences, and crafting transitional phrases to improve writing flow. Focus also will be on thesis development, organization of supporting arguments, and the crafting of effective conclusions. Additionally, students will review rules of punctuation, study sentence variety and fluency, and expand their vocabularies, all in the interest of polishing their written work. This course is particularly recommended for students new to Hawken School but is also ideal for any student looking for more reinforcement of middle school writing skills.
  • Critical Reading & Academic Writing

    Students entering Grades 9 -12
    June 15 – July 2 (3 weeks)
    8:30-11:00 am
    $625
     
    Students will maximize success when dealing with reading and writing skills typically encountered in the classroom. The course will focus on critical reading through strategies like proper highlighting and annotating in texts, locating key words, building vocabulary, and mapping an argument from a text. Genres to be explored include short stories, poems, and analytical essays on current events. Students will also strengthen paragraph development and essay writing, including effective word usage, sentence construction, and topic sentence development, as well as the pre-writing and outlining phase of essay production. This course is recommended for students new to Hawken School, but is ideal for any student needing to strengthen or enhance these skills. This remote class will be a combination of synchronous (online) and asynchronous (independent) work.
  • Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop

    Students entering grades 9 – 12
    June 15 – July 2
    9:00-11:30 a.m.
    $625
     
    This Creative Writing course will explore the process of reading poetry and writing poetry. We will start by studying craft elements and the choices that poets make, the importance of imagery, word choice, sound, and structure. Most of all, this course will be run as a collaborative poetry writing workshop, just as the name suggests. Each week we will be writing new poems based on prompts, writing exercises, and journaling, sharing those poems with our classmates to gain and share feedback in an online workshop setting. We will also spend time each week studying various craft elements as well as reading and analyzing published poetry. Students should expect written reflections, a good deal of creative writing, sharing their work with peers, and critiquing the work of their peers. By the end of the course, students will have produced two original poems (both of which will go through a class workshop) and a major revision of one of those poems. Students may also be asked to participate in a virtual poetry reading as they master craft skills. This remote class will be a combination of synchronous (online) and asynchronous (independent) work, and students are expected to begin synchronous attendance at 9:00 a.m. each morning.