The Writing Intensive program is built to help students strengthen their writing skills and vocabulary skills. Students will learn how to efficiently make outlines for every type of essay, creatively put their thoughts to paper, and use new vocabulary to make their writing stand out. For students who find themselves struggling in English or History–or those who want to strengthen their verbal skills–this program will best suit those needs.

At the beginning of the program, students choose from a selection of provided books. Each session, new chapters of said book are read. Every other chapter is paired with a writing prompt (Narrative, Descriptive, Expository, or Persuasive), while others are paired with vocabulary charts. Students will also have the option to write their essays either on paper or digitally on a provided computer.

The book choices do not have to include old texts, such as Moby Dick and The Grapes of Wrath (unless those types of books are right up the student’s alley). Instead, the selection of books is based on each student’s personal interests and skill level. Just about any genre and topic is fair game. Once a student finishes a historical fiction novel, they may choose to pick up a memoir about a WWII soldier… or a Neil Gaiman creepy classic. Whatever floats their boat.

By working with source material that is both enjoyable and thought-provoking, students learn not only how to analyze the intricate layers of a narrative–whether fiction or nonfiction– but they have fun too.

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