Our Workshops

Our Workshops

All workshops offered in Newton Centre or Winchester

 

Honors English Bootcamp

Gain a competitive advantage in Honors English

 
 

Students will:

  • Read, discuss, and analyze canonical works of literature

  • Learn key literary terms and devices

  • Practice crafting detail-driven literary analyses

  • Acquire transferable skills for writing persuasive, Honors-level academic essays

Course Objectives

This course teaches the foundational principles of literary analysis and composing literary essays. We discuss great works of literature in terms of genre, rhetorical devices, and imagery; we teach strategies for reading and annotating poetry, prose, and drama; we practice writing compelling, detail-driven literary analysis essays. Students leave with a draft of an essay.

 
 

Basics of Writing

Workshops for 6th-8th graders and 9th-12th graders

Course Objectives

This course helps students master the rules of grammar and learn how to write an effective paper. Topics include the art of summarizing, how to structure an essay, paragraph development, creating a thesis, and the basics of editing an essay. Students will leave the course with a polished essay.

Students will learn

  • How to create, construct, and defend a thesis statement

  • The fundamental rules of grammar

  • How to give and receive feedback

  • How to give an effective oral presentation

  • Skills to help them with high school and college English

Grammar & Vocabulary

Workshops for 6th-8th graders and 9th-12th graders

Course objectives

This course teaches grammatical principles that, once mastered, quickly elevate a writer’s prose. Topics include active and passive verbs, subject and verb agreement, punctuation basics (comma versus semicolon versus colon), and pronoun use.

Students will learn

  • The 10 most important grammar rules for writers

  • The 200 most commonly used words on the SAT