Prep for 10th Grade English, July 29-August 8
Course open to Branson and non-Branson students.
Instructor: Dr. Giles Scott (Branson English Teacher)
Prep for Tenth Grade English is a two-week summer course tailored to individual students moving from ninth to tenth grade. The course provides students with an opportunity to assess their current skill levels as readers, writers, and critical thinkers while preparing them for the additional rigor expected in tenth grade. As expected, there’s a fair share of reading and writing alongside a concerted focus on sentence-structure and the academic paragraph. Students practice writing effective thesis statements, organizing ideas, incorporating evidence, sharpening grammar and punctuation, and revising their analytical paragraphs. That said, the course primarily builds from the premise that good reading and writing stem from advanced critical thinking. To that end, we don’t just read literary texts, we also “read” cartoons, stand-up, short films, buildings, social media etc. The course is designed to allow teenagers to look at the world they find themselves in through different lenses and, via those lenses, to become more adept at the kinds of skills, practical and abstract, that tenth grade will ask of them. At the end of the course, each student will receive a detailed analysis of his or her writing and a list of areas to address in English class during the following year.
Giles Scott has been teaching English and creative writing in independent schools in California for over 15 years. He holds a PhD in English literature from Stanford, and an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. Originally from the north of England, when not actively molding the next generation of young minds, he's either chasing his kids around the house or trying to persuade them to sit down and watch Manchester United.