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Middle School Book Club: Metafiction

Summer Language Arts

What happens when a book becomes self aware? This idea has intrigued creative minds for centuries. In this class, we'll explore some of the products of this idea, from novels to internet memes to philosophy. Works of metafiction can be strange, hilarious, and mind-expanding – a perfect combination for students seeking an intellectual challenge over the summer.

Each day of class includes lessons designed around the core components of reading, writing, vocabulary, and public speaking. Throughout the day, students engage with several different texts through deep, independent reading and guided analysis. The class features one longer work that students read both in class and at home, and multiple shorter pieces that we close-read together in class. In all of our reading, we emphasize active, critical engagement through annotation – a skill that is vitally important in college, but not often practiced in traditional schools where students do not own their books. Our daily writing exercises are balanced between activities intended to foster a love of writing and lessons that target specific academic writing skills. Students spend time not just writing, but also critiquing, revising, and reflecting on their writing with the guidance of their instructor. Each day also features interactive games and public speaking exercises, including class discussions, structured debates, competitive team activities, and improv games.

Woven into all of our reading, writing, and public speaking activities are key academic vocabulary terms, which are built into the lessons to arise at exactly the right moment when they will be the most relevant and memorable. Students practice this new vocabulary throughout each class, and end every day with a cumulative vocabulary game that challenges them to apply all of the new words they have acquired.

Students will leave this course having fortified their reading and thinking skills, prepared and excited to tackle new texts. In particular, this course aims to help students:

This two-week course meets Monday through Friday for three hours each day, and is designed for students entering grades 6-8.

Space is very limited for our summer programs. Please do not wait until the last minute to enroll. If there is more than a week before the course starts, a $200 deposit will be due when enrolling, with the balance due one week before the course begins.

Schedule

All times Eastern.
Monday
Jul 10 - Jul 21
9:00 - Noon Erin Vander Wall $695
$695
Closed
Monday
Aug 7 - Aug 18
1:00 - 4:00 PM Leigha McReynolds $695
$695
Closed
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-Sandeep J.
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