Effective Reading and Writing Skills (Registration Full; please email jorge_rodriguez@branson.org to be placed on the waitlist)

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Course open to Branson and non-Branson students.

Week 6-7

9:30-12:30, M-Th


Instructor: Crys Gray


In their 7th and 8th grade English classes, many students will begin reading texts with an increasingly critical eye and writing with more of a focus on analysis and argument, developing the skills that will prepare them for high school writing expectations. In this course, students will focus on both persuasive writing and literary analysis. In their first week, students will read articles about a hot topic and craft a persuasive essay using textual evidence and analysis. During week 2, students will read several short stories in order to augment their comprehension and engage in basic literary criticism; they will produce several well-constructed literary analysis paragraphs, ending with an on-demand writing final. Additionally, lessons will draw from the volume The Art of Styling Sentences (Longknife and Sullivan, 4th ed.) to introduce grammar lessons and help develop the ability to write increasingly complex sentences. At the end of the course, each student will receive a detailed analysis of their writing and a list of areas to address in English class during the following year. By the end of the two weeks, each student will have developed the skills with which to set foot confidently into their 7th or 8th-grade English classroom.


Instructor Bio:

Crys Gray is a graduate of The Branson School. She holds a BA from the University of Hawai’i in English and Political Science and earned several masters degrees in English, Teaching, and Education, respectively. Crys taught middle school English for several years in both Seattle and Oakland. She also has experience teaching college composition courses and high school writing courses.