The English Builder™ and Grammar Grabbers™ (EGG) program builds important reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills. The EGG™ program inspires a love and appreciation of literature while preparing students for standardized tests in writing, language arts & reading skills. Combining Phonics, Literature, and Language Skills, the EGG™ program emphasizes classic works, modern literature, and teaches writing as a process.
Critical Reading & Analysis
The course sharpens reading and comprehension skills. It is an exercise in critical thinking and analysis through a survey of classic and contemporary literature. It includes reading of both fiction and non-fiction. Students learn to read for information in non-fiction texts. Exploring beloved classics and less-familiar works, students develop reading and literary analysis skills while considering important issues and ideas. Students come to appreciate the writer’s craft as they consider the feelings, thought, and ideas of characters, and make connections between literature and real life. This is a suitable course for the college-bound student who wants to develop critical thinking and reading skills.
Reading & Comprehension Skills
This course reinforces reading skills such as recalling details, understanding the main idea, comparing & contrasting, sequencing, understanding cause/effect relationships, drawing conclusions and predicting. The course exposes the student to a wide range of reading abilities: Tall Tales, Folktales, Fables, World Myths and other fine World Literature. It also introduces the student to the elements of fiction, including setting, characterization, plot, point of view, and theme. Furthermore, the course helps build basic foundation of grammar & conventions through survey and discussion of model literary pieces.
- Silent Reading
- Group Reading
- Guided Reading
- Modeled Reading
- Reading & Analysis
- Reading & Comprehension
“Reading is our inheritance from five thousand years of culture. Writing is how we contribute to it.”
Students learn to plan & organize their writing; they learn to revise their own writing, paying attention to ideas, organization, word choice, sentence structure & style, voice and conventions. Students write compare and contrast, persuasive, how-to, and research essays. They have ample opportunity to examine their own writing with a critical eye. The “6 + 1 Traits of Writing” is the basic model for this course, developed by the NW Regional Educational Laboratory. The Model allows both teachers and students to accurately assess student-writing process, writing strategies & growth. The “6 + 1 Traits of Writing” is used in hundreds of classrooms throughout the country and has recently been adopted as the prime model to teach and improve writing for the Hillsborough School District as well as other schools.
Creative Writing Workshop
The Creative Writing Workshop is a one day workshop for writing enthusiasts as well as those interested in honing their creative writing skills. The course will introduce you to the Art of Creative Writing. It’s a fun class where you can explore and expand your creativity through writing of short stories, poem, dialogues, and others. Class members have the opportunity to submit their work for constructive criticism, and critique the work of their classmates with care and generosity.
“The beautiful thing about writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, like, say, a brain surgeon.”
~ Robert Cromier
Vocabuilder™ & Word Masters™
The AAA Vocabulary program builds knowledge of many English words with Greek and Latin Roots, especially polysyllabic terms. Students define these words, and use word origins and derivations to determine the meanings of new words. This unique program hones systematic vocabulary development skills. Each class will help students enrich their vocabulary, develop word analysis, and prepare the students for high level standardized exams.
- Grammar & Composition
- Scholastic Writing
- Creative Writing Workshop
- Critical Reading & Analysis
- Reading & Comprehension Skills
- Vocabuilder™ & Word Masters™
- Honors High School English