Young Writer's Enrichment Institute: July 11—July 22, 2022

Intended for middle school students, this two-week course focuses on building fundamental reading, writing, and organizational skills. Open to U.S. residents only.

The Program

The WRITING element of the course places emphasis on a review of grammatical principles, with particular attention given to correcting common sentence errors. Concurrently, students learn to write focused, purposefully developed expository paragraphs. The course also highlights the various steps of the writing process, including brainstorming to generate ideas, selecting appropriate organizational strategies, outlining, and revising and editing a rough draft in order to produce a polished expression.

During the READING portion, teachers foster skills of reading fluency, comprehension, and building vocabulary. Seminar-style class discussions of selected stories stress a critical approach to literature with teachers guiding students through the elements of fiction as they learn to read closely and carefully. To complement this endeavor, students regularly write short paragraphs in which they closely analyze passages from their readings to continue to build reading comprehension and writing skills.

The goal of the STUDY SKILLS component is to boost students’ academic performance by teaching effective time management, organizational, and study habits. Students will learn how to set goals, make choices, and establish priorities. The course focuses on different styles of learning, methods for planning and managing time, and how to use library resources. The course will also discuss strategies to minimize social media distractions.

Daily Schedule

Participants engage in four and a half hours of classroom activities each day (the class size is limited to 12 students per section). In addition, they take part in a daily athletic program, as well as a variety of cultural, recreational, and extracurricular offerings, both on and off campus. Meals and housing are provided on campus. Each student is typically assigned one roommate of the same age and gender.

7:00—7:45 Breakfast
8:00—9:30 Part 1: Writing
9:30—10:00 Assembly or Break
10:00—11:30 Part 2: Reading
11:30—12:15 Lunch
12:30—2:00 Part 3: Organizational and Study Skills
2:00—3:15 Free Time
3:15—4:30 Sports
5:00—6:00 Dinner
6:00—8:00 Free Time
7:30—9:30 Evening Activities or Homework
10:15 Dorm Check-in
10:30 Lights

Who Should Apply?

Middle school students who are not currently maximizing their academic potential can benefit from this course. Participants can expect to enter high school having become more disciplined students and more confident readers and writers. U.S. residents only.

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