Open to middle school students [MAXIMUM 8 STUDENTS]
Session One (June 14 - July 9)
In this course, students will learn and practice four essential types of writing they will need to use in high school: expository, analytical, persuasive, and narrative. Lessons will build skills needed for each type of writing: research skills (expository), interpreting literature (analytical), strong rhetorical strategies (persuasive), and cultivating an inner writer's voice (narrative).
Each week's sessions will provide an overview of the writing types students will need to succeed in high school, and the optional essays provide a chance for the students to put their new skills to work with topics they enjoy. The personalized nature of the prompts, along with the fun and collaborative atmosphere cultivated by class discussion and peer editing means that this course will prepare students for the rigors of high school writing, while keeping them excited and engaged.
9 a.m. on Wednesday and Fridays, 1 hour classes
Instructor for Building Blocks of High School Writing
Seamus Mohan is a rising senior at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California, with a passion for both writing and teaching. He has been elected to student government since freshman year, and is a member of both the National Honor Society and the World Language Honor Society, for Spanish. He has taken and succeeded in high level writing-based courses throughout his high school career, from English Honors I and II, to AP English Language and Composition, AP European History and AP United States History, giving him a thorough knowledge of the writing skills necessary for success in rigorous high school courses. He is the editor for his school’s literary magazine Mindframes, and is a staff writer at his school’s newspaper, The Lancer. He is also a board member for his school’s freshman mentorship organization, Saint Francis Family Club, where he helps freshmen adjust to high school and teaches them the skills they need to succeed, along with working on the curriculum used by more than 100 mentors and teacher advisors. In his free time, he loves listening to Brazilian music and making tea gong fu style in his gaiwan