• Small heterogeneous groupings allow for a unique educational experience and a lot of individualized attention to improve student skills.–SAIL Student 2016

Study Strategies and Writing – Ondrea Clark

Writing is an important form of communication and a key part of education. But in today’s technology-driven world, kids are not given many opportunities to practice and improve their ability to write. This leaves many parents and teachers wondering how to improve children’s writing skills.

It takes time to develop strong writing skills and it can be a tough task to accomplish. This summer in study skills and writing class, students will develop skills to expand into a more developed writer.  Students will be introduced to various writing strategies that can be utilized in everyday writing in school and in real life.  The skills are modeled and then practiced through independent writing in personal journals, creative activities, and technology.  Students will be encouraged to explore new ideas and expand their descriptive writing skills through the five senses in the revision stage of writing.

The students will develop skills to write and develop sentence structure. This course will include three pieces of writing:

  • Opinion Writing: Opinion writing allows the student to have their own opinion on a topic of their choice and try to convince their peers and myself to agree with what they are feeling or thinking about a specific topic. Students will learn different skills to get their thoughts out correctly.  We will meet your student at their level in order to have them participate fully either verbally and scribing their response and then they can trace it or written/with a picture by it.
  • Informative/Explanatory:  The students will work with a partner and pick one topic to write some specific facts, either known or researched.  This allows the student to bring in any prior knowledge that they may have on a topic.  The students will have time to look up or ask for a few specifics
  • Narratives:  Students will be given prompts in which they recount two or more appropriate sequenced events and be able to provide at least one detail regarding what happened, using the words First, Next, Then, Finally.  They will use real life experiences in order to tell the sequence such as “How to build a sand castle.”

Through each of these they will learn different skills in order to complete and be successful in the classroom.  They will work on beginning and endings of sentences along with capitalization and punctuation and of course their sounding out words for spelling.

 

Study Strategies and Writing – Meghan Hallihan

This summer at SAIL, students will complete creative writing projects as well as enhance and develop their research skills.  Students will work their way through the writing process, including brainstorming, writing, editing and revision. To reinforce study skills, research projects will include instruction on how to find reputable information on the internet and how to disregard any fallacies that may turn up in a google search. Other study skills we will focus on this summer include note taking, focusing on the task at hand without getting distracted, memory and time management.

Figurative Language: Similes, metaphors, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration.

Descriptive Language: Using adjectives, adverbs, and imagery to describe a person, place or thing in such a way that a picture is formed in the reader’s mind.

Poetry: Haikus, diamantes, limericks.

Research Project: Researching a famous/influential person of each student’s choice and writing a summary on what makes that person so important.

Persuasive Letter: Students will research facts on the health benefits/negative effects of drinking chocolate milk.  Then, they will write a persuasive letter to the principal of their school describing why they should/should not serve chocolate milk in the school cafeteria based on the opinion they have formed through their research.

 

Study Strategies and Writing – Kayla Gallipeau

This summer in study skills and writing class, students will develop skills to expand into a more developed writer.  Students will be introduced to various writing strategies that can be utilized in everyday writing in school and in real life.  The skills are modeled and then practiced through independent writing in personal journals, creative activities, and technology.  Students will be encouraged to explore new ideas and expand their descriptive writing skills through the five senses in the revision stage of writing.

This course will include three pieces of writing:

  • Personal Story:  Narrative writing will be explored by the writers as they visualize various events pertaining to important individuals and/or places in their lives.  Students will begin to use their five senses to include vivid and descriptive details to their narratives.
  • Fractured Fairy Tales:  Writers will express the fantasy world of fairy tales re-written in their own words.  Students will organize, write a rough draft, revise, edit, and ultimately complete their own polished piece of work based on a well-known fairy tale.  This creative writing piece allows for students to highlight their imagination in a new and enlightening way.
  • Comic Strip: Comic strips are a final piece of writing that will lead to be a clear avenue for those writers who enjoy the simple pleasure of illustrating drawings displaying humor in a different form of a narrative writing piece.

In addition to the various writing pieces, students will learn writing techniques and strategies to help them further their writing skills in the writing process of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.  They will work through organizing their writing pieces in pictorial representations, graphic organizers, and oral retell to a partner.  Also, students will use the idea of incorporating their five senses into every writing piece to enhance the quality of the details associated with the stories to intrigue the reader.

 

Study Strategies and Writing – Marisa Leaders

This summer, students will be able to refresh and build upon their writing skills by:

Assignments:  First, students will discover their learning styles and do left/right brain self-assessment. Equipped with this knowledge, they will be able to approach assignments in ways that are best suited to them.  Students will refresh and build upon their writing skills by undertaking various writing tasks.  They will craft an informative/explanatory text to examine a topic.  They will take a stand with an issue and support their claims.  They will compare and contrast a fictional time, place or character with an historical version of the same time period.  They will recount a meaningful personal experience to share with the class in the form of an accordion book which they will make themselves.  They will select a research topic with the objective to answer a question, and will present this in the form of an original acrylic painting.

Study strategies:  These will be interspersed throughout the lessons as needed.  Topics covered include:  giving/accepting feedback, time management, organizing materials, using a “to-do” list, using flash cards, taking/editing/reviewing notes, using graphic organizers, outlines and webs, improving thinking skills, proofreading skills, understanding relationships between main ideas and supporting details, summarizing, controlling stress, how to approach a research project, dealing with problems that occur during the writing process (getting frustrated, getting stuck, etc.), improving concentration.

Writers’ workshop:  In addition, students will focus on the writing process by exploring pre-writing strategies, writing revision, organizing paragraphs, leads, and strengthening writing by cutting clutter and simplifying.