High School Workshop

High School Essays

The High School Workshop caters to a wide audience of high school students (freshmen to seniors)* with the goal to help the student learn, improve, polish, and present a stellar essay or paper for a classroom grade, at a standardized test or to the college admissions committee. In addition to the critical focus given to essay and paper writing, the High School Workshop also helps coach the student on high school grammar and vocabulary which become extremely important for school grades and standardized tests.

Depending on the needs of the individual student during the course period, one or more facets of the high school essays will be taught. For example, if a sophomore student would like to concentrate on improving overall essay writing skills to secure good writing grades, that will be the primary focus for the student, while a senior working towards completing college application essays will learn specific techniques and nuances geared towards admission essays. You get the idea!

Sample List of Topics

  • Mini-Lesson : Fiction & Non-Fiction Writing
  • Mini-Lesson : Analytical Writing
  • Mini-Lesson : Opinion & Argument Writing
  • Essay Writing:  Informative & Research Report
  • Mini-Lesson:  Vocabulary for High School
  • Mini-Lesson: Grammar for High School 
  • Mini-Lesson: Timed Essays 
  • Mini-Lesson: Poetry & other creative writing pieces

High School Essays

Good essay writing skill is an important one for all high school students. The essay writing course will explore the essay writing process from the pre-writing (brainstorming) stage to the publishing stage.The curriculum will be personalized to each student’s ability, and this course will prepare students for writing essays and papers across various genres for school assignments.

Admission Essays ( Usually for seniors applying to colleges and 8th graders/freshmen applying to specialty schools such as IMSA)

The college admissions process is extremely selective. Facing the difficult task of choosing among often indistinguishable candidates, admissions officers must rely heavily on those factors that provide insight into the applicants’ character, and these usually boil down to recommendations and essays. What makes the essay such a useful measure is that it represents you on two fronts: the substantive details of your experiences themselves and the style and approach you take in presenting those experiences. Both aspects can and should say a great deal about your abilities and qualities.The purpose of this course is not to teach a formula for writing the admissions essay, but rather to give the necessary direction for you to create an original and effective essay. We will teach you how to choose appropriate topics and themes, how to structure your essay as a coherent and flowing piece, and how to convey your ideas through engaging and active language. You can use the lessons learned from the course for the common app to supplemental essays.

Important: Please remember that we do not write the essays for you, but we’ll guide the student throughout the course duration to write and present their best original essays to the admissions committee. There is no better sense of pride than when the student can walk into the college of choice knowing that his/her words made the difference in the admission process.

Standardized Test Essays (Freshmen to Seniors)
Essay writing for the SAT is designed for students who want to strengthen their essay writing skills so that they can achieve higher SAT scores. Students focusing on SAT writing are given tools and tips on budgeting their time, developing a strong thesis, using solid examples, and editing their writing, all within the limited amount of time they are given during the actual SAT exam. In this course, students have the chance to write essays while being timed just as if they were taking the real test. The teacher works with the students to give them the tools to earn as best a score as possible.

All new writers must complete an initial assessment along with registration. The Initial Assessment & Parent Orientation will be held  on Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM or 11:30 – 12: 30 PM. Plan to attend any one session. This session must be attended by the new writer and one parent. Indicate your preference on the registration form.

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