Life of YouExploring Literature From New Perspectives

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  1. Summer Camp for Middle School Students (Grades 6-8 in the fall 2020)
  2. When?
    • June 15 – July 3, with meetings M ,W, & F at 1 PM PT / 4 PM EST
    • Nine 1-hour sessions in total
    • Students should expect to send 1-2 hours before each session completing the required prework
  • Trial Group Session (3o min): TBA
    • Teacher may approve the trial students into a group.
    • Text sets for summer camp will be announced.
  • Why this Summer Camp?
    • [More Genres to Consider a Text]  Sometimes we think literature is only for analysis, but this is meant to expand the ways we can learn from and interact with a literary text. It also gives more voice to students, allowing them to explore types of writing that feel natural to them
    • [Group Discussion] Students will have an opportunity to speak with other students about their reading, more like a typical class setting. Working together through discussion deepens understanding of a text.
    • [Personalized Written FeedbackStudents will receive timely feedback on written work and time to revise and reevaluate this work.
    • [Summer Fun!] Summer is supposed to be fun, so meeting others and working together is a different (and more fun) way to practice analytical skills
  • Course Overview
    • Middle School Course Description
      • Goal: Read a challenging novel and consider what matters. We will be reading from some non-fiction texts in addition to the novel, in order to consider how best to read and what to write about. Discussion and reading based, but with test-based writing practice. We will work verbal skills as well as writing skills
    • Middle School Course Product
      • A short analytical essay with revision and rethinking practice
      • A creative non-fiction piece (personal essay) in order to creatively explore the world of the novel
      • A reflective journal
      • A presentation to argue for what is real and what isn’t within the novel