Composition class seeks to give students writing skills necessary to perform well on the sorts of academic essays and tests they encounter during the school year. Writing practice is given every day, with assignments structured along the lines of English papers, history papers, college entrance writing prompts or personal essays. Many classes work on the skills of journalism, including factual reporting and the persuasive essay or editorial. Peer evaluation in the form of oral reading of work in class for group evaluation is part of each class, and most papers are revised and rewritten to enhance and improve style. This course also stresses basic grammatical accuracy and proofreading skills. In coordination with CRES, composition requires students to apply note taking, outlining and other organizational skills each day. Class texts include a book of writing models, a grammar exercise book and other basic writing sourcebooks.
- English papers
- Common Application Writing Prompts
- Timed reading and writing exercises for SAT/SSAT practice exams
- Factual reporting
- Persuasive essay
- Editorial writing
- Note taking