Communication skills—especially writing—are the single most important advantage
you can give a child. Future performance in school and in the workplace is greatly
enhanced by the ability to speak and write well. This course provides a six-week writing tutorial: forming a topic sentence and thesis, methods of organization, using transitions, sentence variety, basic editing techniques, writing introductions and conclusions, supporting points, and along the way, the “art of being a student.” Students are taught elements of description, narration, comparison, persuasion, definition, division & classification, as well as the underlying grammatical structure of English—the building blocks of sentences. The course uses today’s technology and popular media, including YouTube videos, vlogs and discussion threads, films, art, popular lyrics, film music, and literary excerpts to teach critical thinking and foster creativity. This is an active participation course with lots of one-to-one attention in a supportive environment.
Students get hands-on practice leading class lessons and reviews: if you can explain it to someone, you know it! By the end, students will have produced a body of written work to show for their efforts. All course texts and materials are provided. Come with a laptop, an iPad, or just pen and paper!
Course created by University of New Haven Senior Lecturer, Wes Davis, who brings
decades of experience teaching every kind and level of writing from remedial to honors, from middle school to college.
Cost: $1,800 (code #101) *This course is now full as of 3/22/2019