Heads Up! Early Learning Institute’s Write Now!® writing courses are designed to improve students’ skills in formal, informal, and creative writing. “Expository writing” addresses the types of writing done in school: news reports, letters, memos, pop quizzes, book reports, movie reviews, blogs, essays, and research reports. In addition, it includes the four major writing tests that are given to California students (“narrative,” “summary,” “response to literature,” and “persuasive”). Creative writing encourages self expression and, in general, encompasses the major creative forms: stories, poems, and plays. “Presentation Techniques” focuses on the development of public speaking skills, with a three-year cycle that includes three topics: presentation tools (“Posters and PowerPoints”), “Debate Skills,” and “Persuasion.”
The program is offered in two formats:
The goals of both formats is the same: (1) to help students acquire excellent writing skills and (2) to encourage a love of writing in students. To facilitate the second goal, it is important that writing not be viewed as a painful chore; the vast majority of students tell us that they enjoy the classes and would recommend that their friends take them.
The writing courses begin with a review of sentence structure to verify that the students’ most basic skills are in place. We then move to the building blocks of all good writing: paragraphs. Using WriteNow!®’s copyrighted templates, students practice writing several different kinds of paragraphs: the classic five-sentence paragraph with a topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a summary concluding sentence; variations on the classic that include both supporting and countering points; bullet-point paragraphs; and both introductory and concluding paragraphs. The third step is to proceed from writing strong paragraphs to combining them into outstanding essays and other literary forms.
All teachers are experienced Heads Up! Early Learning Institute staff members. Materials and exercises are designed and prepared by Charles D. Bernstein, Ph.D., executive director of the writing program and president of Early Learning Institute.
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Every summer, Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs in a camp-like setting to outside students who want to share in the summer adventures.
Students will discuss film and music “texts,” produce a series of writing products in response to them, and respond to ideas and concepts our teachers introduce in conversation. At key points throughout the day our faculty will provide your child with individualized coaching in his/her thinking, conversing, writing, revising, and presentation skills.
All classes are 10:00AM to 4:00PM with care available 8:00AM to 6:00PM. A confirmation will be mailed upon receipt of application. The fee will be returned in the event that the program is full. Full refunds will be made for cancellations up to thirty days prior to the beginning of the program; no refunds will be made after that time, although Early Learning Institute will make every effort to transfer the enrollment to another date if space is available. To apply online, click the "Enroll Now" button above. Once on the application page, select "Write Now!," the campus, and the courses.
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Three courses will be offered in the summer of 2019: