Summer English classes are intended for students interested in honing their skills and increasing their proficiency as writers. Students do not receive grades or academic credit, and successful completion does not satisfy any Vermont Academy graduation requirement.
The class will run only if the minimum number of students sign-up. Participation is not limited to students at Vermont Academy. Feel free to spread the word to other potential students.
- Students will hone their skills and increase their proficiencies as writers by reading and writing in a variety of genres.
- Students will read poems and short prose by contemporary and engaging authors.
- Students will keep a daily journal and will revise weekly writing challenges.
- Feedback from the instructor will focus on voice, fluency, sentence structure, and organization, depending on genre and assignment.
- Students will be encouraged to choose their own topics and genres and will be supported in their individual goals for improvement.
This course is accessible and appropriate for all levels of interest and proficiency. Rising seniors may choose to focus on personal essays in preparation for college applications. Work created during this class will be eligible for submission to the 2021 Scholastic Awards as well as the next issue of PAW Print, VA’s literary magazine.
Instructor: Jo Fuller, English Department Chair & Writing Center Director.
Dates (5 weeks): July 13 to August 14, 2020
Times (all times US EST):
- New Content Instruction: Monday 3PM - 4PM (flexible)
- Individual Conferencing: Wednesday 30 min+ (or as arranged with the individual)
- Writers Workshop: Friday 3PM - 4PM (flexible)
The class meets three times a week: once for new writing prompts and challenges, once for one-on-one conferencing, and once for writers workshop in which students may share their work and offer peer feedback.
New Content Instruction sessions meet once a week Monday 3-4 PM. New skills and writing challenges will be introduced during these sessions through direct instruction, reading new authors, and journaling.
Writers Workshop sessions meet once a week Friday 3-4 PM. At these times students may share their work with their teacher and classmates.
One-on-one conferences will be adjusted to the students’ schedule and preference. Students will receive feedback and instruction on their skills and content.
Required materials: Computer, access to Google, a notebook dedicated to this class