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Wed

Creative Writing: Strengthening the Writer's Voice

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Wed,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Apr 30

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What is my writer's voice? This course explores who we are as writers and how to make that voice as powerful and compelling as possible. Through diverse writing exercises we will shape and sharpen ourselves as poets and narrators. Throughout the semester we will experiment with the use of sensory detail, creating characters with a powerful presence on the page, and writing from unique and unexpected perspectives. A broad sampling of writing genres will be read throughout the semester.

Instructor: Sarina Furer

Grade Range: 7th -8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Mon

High School Research & More (B Week)

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Mon,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 18, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $400.00

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This year, in high school writing, students will focus on the RESEARCH TERM PAPER. Students will learn how to dissect these long, scary assignments and break them down into manageable chunks. We will examine how to break down a (approximately) fifteen to twenty page assigned term paper using time management and organizational skills. In addition to writing their term paper, during the first half of the year, the students will also learn how to write a solid personal essay; these types of essays will help them with gaining admission to competitive summer programs, internships, colleges, and help their chances towards earning scholarships. During the second half of the year, the students will learn how to approach the Analytical Essay (NEW SAT Essay) through analyzing samples, and practicing their own skills. This class is fast-paced, with the emphasis on EDITING.... TRULY EDITING, using their COMPOSITION CHECKLIST. The goal is for the student to understand that writing takes TIME and cannot be done successfully in just one or two brief sittings.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Mon

Introduction to IEW Writing (A Week)

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Mon,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $400.00

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This is an interactive, introductory class geared towards middle and upper elementary level students. In this class, students will focus on brainstorming, note taking and writing both fiction and nonfiction pieces. Writing structures will include: summarizing nonfiction, narrative summaries, beginning story writing using narrative summaries, beginning report writing, writing from pictures, and beginning essay writing. Simultaneously, students will also learn how to implement various stylistic techniques to increase description, as well as remove banned words (overused, boring words) from their writing.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wed

Creative Writing: Strengthening the Writer's Voice

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Wed,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Apr 30

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What is my writer's voice? This course explores who we are as writers and how to make that voice as powerful and compelling as possible. Through diverse writing exercises we will shape and sharpen ourselves as poets and narrators. Throughout the semester we will experiment with the use of sensory detail, creating characters with a powerful presence on the page, and writing from unique and unexpected perspectives. A broad sampling of writing genres will be read throughout the semester.

Instructor: Sarina Furer

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Mon

Middle School Writing (B Week)

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Mon,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 18, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $400.00

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This fast paced, interactive class begins preparing your student for high school and (eventually) college level writing. In Middle School Writing, the students will be writing five paragraph critiques, research papers and essays (expository, persuasive and narrative). Students will practice each structure at least twice allowing the student to write the second or third papers with the same structure with more ease. Students will work on finding their voice through required stylistic techniques that they add into their writing. We also work hard on eliminating the use of the subject-opener - using various sentence openers. Finally, there is a list of banned words (overused, boring) that the students are not allowed to use, so that they can find more descriptive ways to say what they mean. There is an emphasis on editing.....TRULY editing, by using their composition checklist. However, at this stage editing means revising, revamping, rewriting, restructuring.... not just correcting.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Mon

Powerful Paragraph (A Week)

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Mon,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $400.00

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In this technical writing (nonfiction) class, students will focus on exploring, brainstorming and writing strong, one paragraph pieces. Structures include, but are not limited to: descriptive, chronological, definition, compare/contrast, process analysis, spatial and enumerative. As this process is happening the students will learn how to use various stylistic techniques that match the appropriate structure, as well as which transitional words work best.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thur

Starting at the Very Beginning: Jump Start IEW Writing

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thur,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Apr 30

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This is an interactive, introductory class geared towards elementary to middle, and/or upper elementary level students. In this class, students will focus on brainstorming, note taking and writing both fiction and nonfiction pieces. Writing structures can include summarizing nonfiction, narrative summaries, beginning story writing using narrative summaries and beginning report writing.. Simultaneously, students will also learn how to implement various stylistic techniques to increase description, as well as remove banned words (overused, boring words) from their writing. Students will receive approximately 20 minutes of homework daily.

Instructor: Stephanie McCormick

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tues

Introduction to IEW Writing (B Week)

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tues,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 19, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

Syllabus

Price: $400.00

$350.00 before Apr 30

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This is an interactive, introductory class geared towards middle and upper elementary level students. In this class, students will focus on brainstorming, note taking and writing both fiction and nonfiction pieces. Writing structures will include: summarizing nonfiction, narrative summaries, beginning story writing using narrative summaries, beginning report writing, writing from pictures, and beginning essay writing. Simultaneously, students will also learn how to implement various stylistic techniques to increase description, as well as remove banned words (overused, boring words) from their writing.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tues

Powerful Paragraph (A Week)

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tues,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

Syllabus

Price: $400.00

$350.00 before Apr 30

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In this technical writing (nonfiction) class, students will focus on exploring, brainstorming and writing strong, one paragraph pieces. Structures include, but are not limited to: descriptive, chronological, definition, compare/contrast, process analysis, spatial and enumerative. As this process is happening the students will learn how to use various stylistic techniques that match the appropriate structure, as well as which transitional words work best.

Instructor: Stephanie McCormick

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tues

All About Essays (A Week)

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tues,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $400.00

$350.00 before Apr 30

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It is imperative that students, with the goal of attending college, can write basic essays with ease, speed and confidence. In this class, your child will become well-versed in the structure and application of narrative, expository, persuasive, compare/contrast and personal essays, which are found on most applications and scholarship forms for college, competitive summer programs and high school admission. In addition to the above, the students will learn how to approach the Analytical Essay (NEW SAT Writing Prompt) through analyzing samples and writing. Students will explore and implement many stylistic techniques within the structures of their essays that will assist them later in finding their voice within their own written words. They will learn how to use composition checklists to ensure that they have done a solid job editing their work. This class is high paced with the emphasis on EDITING.... TRULY EDITING using their COMPOSITION CHECKLIST. The goal is for the student to understand that writing takes TIME and cannot be done in one or two sittings. It is expected that the students work a minimum of 45 minutes per day on their assignment; a minimum seven to eight hours over the course of two weeks to produce a well written paper.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 11th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thur

I'm a Poet and I Didn't Even Know It: Poetry 101

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Thur,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 14, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

$500.00 before Apr 30

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Roses are red, violets are blue, I can be a poet and so can you! Children see the world around them with a freshness that leads to wonderful poetry. This class encourages the students acquire the basic skills of poetry; to see things afresh, play with language, and make connections. We will learn a variety of poetic techniques and be inspired by great poets as we embark on the path to discovering our own unique and inner poetic voice. The first semester of the poetry class focuses more on learning to express one's self in the language of poetry. To see, smell, taste and touch the world through the language of poetry. The second semester aims to take the students' skills to the next level, where they will be ready to learn how to conform to a variety of poetic rubrics and conventions.

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tues

Middle School Writing (B Week)

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tues,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 19, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

Syllabus

Price: $400.00

$350.00 before Apr 30

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This fast paced, interactive class begins preparing your student for high school and (eventually) college level writing. In Middle School Writing, the students will be writing five paragraph critiques, research papers and essays (expository, persuasive and narrative). Students will practice each structure at least twice allowing the student to write the second or third papers with the same structure with more ease. Students will work on finding their voice through required stylistic techniques that they add into their writing. We also work hard on eliminating the use of the subject-opener using various sentence openers. Finally, there is a list of banned words (overused, boring) that the students are not allowed to use, so that they can find more descriptive ways to say what they mean. There is an emphasis on editing ...TRULY editing, by using their composition checklist. However, at this stage editing means revising, revamping, rewriting, restructuring... not just correcting.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.