Writing Boot Camp (Grades 7-8)
This two week summer writing course focuses on three critical writing skills:  planning and organizing an essay; writing style; mechanics and usage.  Students will learn how to formulate a position on an issue, develop compelling arguments, organize them in a clear, concise and convincing way, and critique and edit their own work.  Students will learn how to express themselves in a clear and engaging way by understanding their audience, using colorful and expressive language, and conveying passion and enthusiasm in what they write.  Students will learn proper writing mechanics such as: organizing paragraphs into topic sentences, support sentences and transition/conclusion sentences; correct sentence structure; correct grammar and use of idioms; correct spelling and punctuation.