Elementary Division 2015 Course Catalog

The 2015 Summer Session is Monday, July 13th through Friday, July 31st. Morning classes are from 8:30 AM to noon, and afternoon classes are from 1:00 to 4:30 PM. Each class meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Grades listed always refer to the grade a student will have completed in June 2015.

Course descriptions can be found in the sections below or in this PDF version (3.6 Mb). To read and print out the document, you may need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 

 

Course Index

KindergartenCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeSections
open
ED3501Fun with MathAM or PM6500
ED3503Seashore ScienceAM or PM7000
First GradeCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeSections
open
ED3511Mathmagic!AM or PM6500
ED3513Earth Sciences: Gee!-ologyAM or PM7001
ED3515Ancient Greece Through Myth, Math & ScienceAM or PM6502
Second GradeCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeSections
open
ED3521Jazz Up Your WritingAM only6500
ED3523Exploring Light and VisionAM or PM7001
ED3525Math for the Real WorldAM or PM6502
ED3527RainforestsAM or PM7000
Third GradeCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeSections
open
ED3531Authors' CornerAM or PM6502
ED3534Human AnatomyAM or PM7000
ED3535Mathematicians' PlaygroundAM only6500
ED3537Those Wonderful Simple Machines!AM or PM6500
Fourth GradeCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeSections
open
ED3540The Artists' StudioPM only6501
ED3541The Invisible Living WorldAM or PM7000
ED3543The Art and Science of MathAM or PM6501
ED3547Fluid PhysicsAM or PM7000
Fifth GradeCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeSections
open
ED3551The Art of PersuasionAM or PM6501
ED3553Lab ChemistryAM or PM7000
ED3555Creating Music, Movies & Games with ComputersAM or PM7000
ED3557The Physics of Motion and ForceAM or PM7001
Sixth GradeCourse name (click for details & availability)Meeting timesTotal feeSections
open
ED3561The Baker Street IrregularsAM or PM6500
ED3563Human PhysiologyAM or PM7002
ED3565Extra-Terrestrial TrigonometryAM or PM6501
ED3567Writing for Secondary SchoolAM or PM6502

Estimated Weekly Hours (EWH)

This indicates the approximated time commitment per week including class sessions, homework, and study.

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Prerequisites

The course is open to students completing the listed grade levels this year. Grades listed in blue are recommended.

If no grade levels are listed, the course has prerequisites in addition to or instead of a grade level requirement; refer to the individual course description for details.

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Meeting times

All AM courses meet 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon. All PM courses meet 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

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For students completing Kindergarten


 

Fun with Math
Welcome, Math Adventurers! In this course, we will explore math concepts and develop mathematical thinking skills through fun projects and enjoyable activities incorporating art, literature, music, and movement. Using graphing activities and geometric art projects, we will investigate the relationships between math and our everyday lives. Also, we will develop pre-algebraic thinking skills by predicting, extending, and creating patterns with shapes, numbers, movements, and more. Working in cooperative groups and as a class, we will put on our problem-solving hats and use our critical thinking skills to solve logic problems. In order to deepen our understanding of more traditional math, we won’t be doing typical pencil-and-paper problems but instead will learn by having fun with math!
Homework per class meeting: None
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3501
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMGrace Sui
Closed
ED3502
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMGrace Sui
Closed

 

Seashore Science
Seashores are rich natural laboratories for scientific exploration. In Seashore Science, we will learn about tides, tide pools, and the plants and animals of California’s rocky seashores. We will study different tidal pool relationships using methods of investigation employed in both earth and life sciences. Topics will include high and low tides, fresh vs saltwater, camouflage, animal anatomy, and marine conservation. Also, we will learn a lot about seashore life, including mollusks, crustaceans, univalves, bivalves, algae, plankton, and kelp. We will use scientific methods of observation, and keep journals as we learn about water chemistry and related marine topics. The inner and outer workings of the tide pool plants and animals will be brought to life through experiments, drama, arts and crafts projects, as well as close encounters with live creatures in a marine touch-tank.
Homework per class meeting: None
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3503
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMKaren Kemp & Susan Cossette
Closed
ED3504
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMKaren Kemp & Susan Cossette
Closed

 

 

For students completing First Grade


 

Mathmagic!
Grab your hat and wand and join in on the fun! In Mathmagic, students will develop their reasoning skills and conceptual understanding, as well as strengthen their abilities in basic operations and procedural skills. The class will explore the topics of Data Analysis, Algebra, and Geometry, through games, magic tricks, team tasks, and art projects. Also, the class will read enticing storybooks from around the world as catalysts for intriguing mathematical investigations covering topics such as binary numbers, the Fibonacci sequence, googols, and more! The fun never ends because all of the learning is anchored in the exciting theme of magic.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3511
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMHannah Margulis-Kessel
Closed
ED3512
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMHannah Margulis-Kessel
Closed

 

Earth Sciences: Gee!-ology
Earthquakes, volcanoes, massive shifting plates, rocks and minerals, and the powerful forces of erosion—we will investigate these topics and more in this geology class. As budding geologists, we will examine the structure of our planet and the processes that shape it as well as learn how to classify rocks. Working individually, in pairs and in small groups, we will simulate earthquakes, volcanoes, fossil creation and erosional forces. In addition to many hands-on science explorations, we will learn about these incredible earth processes through stories, games and art projects. We will also work on developing key scientific skills, such as questioning, observation, data recording, communicating and comparing. By the end of class, we will be able to use our new knowledge to view the geological world around us in an entirely new way!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3513
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMCait Jenkins
Closed
ED3514
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMCait JenkinsAccepting Applications

 

Ancient Greece Through Myth, Math & Science
The Ancient Greeks were intrigued with science and mathematics as a way of organizing their world and of making order out of chaos. In our busy workshop atmosphere we will broaden our academic horizons and delve into hands-on and integrated activities which help us explain our modern world, from mythology to architecture to astronomy to geometry to history. We will respond to myths and to lessons through discussions, small group projects, and role playing. There is much to learn about the tricksters, monsters, gods, and goddesses as well as the scientific inventions and mathematical discoveries of famous Ancient Greeks such as Eratosthenes, Euclid, Archimedes, and Pythagoras. Finally, in the spirit of Ancient Greece, students will celebrate at our Open House dressed as their favorite mythical figures and will entertain guests with some of the myths we have studied and with some of our mathematical and scientific activities.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3515
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMKristen LonoAccepting Applications
ED3516
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMKristen LonoAccepting Applications

 

 

For students completing Second Grade


 

Jazz Up Your Writing
In this course, we will explore the intersection of language, poetry, and music. Our musical journey begins with a focus on the rhythm of language. We will learn about using rhetorical devices such as personification, onomatopoeia, and metaphors to improve our descriptive writing and to analyze themes. Moving on to the interlude, we will work independently and as a group to develop original songs, which will be set to acoustic guitar accompaniment. The crescendo of our composition will include working together to create a class song book, which will showcase our songs, creative writing, and use of literary devices. Our finale will include publication and performance of our original compositions, both musical and written.  Come join the band!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3521
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMPatrick Hamilton
Closed

 

Exploring Light and Vision
When you look in a mirror, why does it seem like you’re inside the mirror? How do optical illusions play tricks on us? What exactly is light, anyway? In this course, we will investigate the basic properties of light and how our minds perceive visual information. Through hands-on activities we will study depth perception, the persistence of vision, reflection and refraction, parts of the eye, light waves, and many other topics. We will also build kaleidoscopes, periscopes, and projectors.  Throughout the course, our focus will be on exploring the relationship between light, vision, and how we perceive the world.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3523
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMLiliana Aguas
Closed
ED3524
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMLiliana Aguas
Nearly Full

 

Math for the Real World
What does mathematics have to do with “the real world?” Math is everywhere around us, but it’s easy to lose sight of this fact in the confines of the classroom. In this class we take a fresh look at math, focusing on geometry and probability. Students will work individually and in groups, with emphasis on the importance of communication and collaboration in solving complex problems. Students will apply the concepts they learn to the real world challenges of creating pleasing artistic designs, sturdy architectural structures, and fun learning games, thus deepening their appreciation of the beauty, excitement, and practicality of mathematics.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3525
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMRupa Mahajan
Nearly Full
ED3526
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMRupa MahajanAccepting Applications

 

Rainforests
Explore the wonders of the tropical rainforest in this course created for young scientists. Together, we will investigate different aspects of rainforests: their plants and animals, their people, and their products. We will grow rainforest habitats in small groups and keep science journals detailing our observations through drawing and writing. We will research animals and write and create art projects about them. Also, we will discover just how many rainforest products we use in our daily lives and use many of them in recipes to make tasty treats. Throughout this course, the emphasis will be on the essential nature of the world’s rainforests: why we need the rainforests on our earth and what we can do to preserve them.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3527
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMBrett Lackey
Closed
ED3528
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMBrett Lackey
Closed

 

 

For students completing Third Grade


 

Authors' Corner
Authors’ Corner is a workshop for young people who love to write. Students will write about what is important to them in imaginative fiction, autobiographical narrative, and poetry. Using freewriting, students will practice following their thoughts to discover what ideas they have in their minds. During read-aloud time, the class will identify the techniques authors use to create vivid characters and engaging plots. Each student will create one long fictional story, using what they have learned about plot structure, specific sensory details, metaphors and similes, and dialogue. Field trips to a “haunted house” and the beach will allow students to draw inspiration from their experiences in the world.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3531
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMHeather MacLeodAccepting Applications
ED3532
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMHeather MacLeodAccepting Applications

 

Human Anatomy
In this course, students will study the human body from the inside out. Our exploration of anatomy will consist of hands-on projects, including cell models, lung models, DNA extraction, edible chemistry, reaction time, and microscope investigations. Students will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the inner workings of the body as they dissect bones, muscles, hearts, eyes, and brains (all specimens are fresh and locally inspected). Each student will chronicle his or her body discoveries with the construction of a life-sized body model and a detailed body systems book, which they will present on the last day of class. We will also study some related chemistry, art, mythology (e.g., Achilles’ heel), and history. Parent volunteers are encouraged and welcome to participate in our class.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3533
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJesse Padilla & Jennifer Hunau
Closed
ED3534
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJesse Padilla & Jennifer Hunau
Closed

 

Mathematicians' Playground
Calling all math lovers! In this course students will dive into mathematical reasoning and risk-taking. We will learn to develop multiple problem-solving strategies, evaluate our results, and explain our thinking to others. We will see how to apply our understanding of number sense, geometry, probability, and algebra to daily, real-life situations. By working both independently and collaboratively, students will find creative solutions and build their mathematical brainpower. This class will provide students with a supportive and fun environment for interaction with other students who love mathematics.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3535
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMAnne Kaffka
Closed

 

Those Wonderful Simple Machines!
In this course, we will learn about simple machines: levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, inclined planes, wedges, and screws. We will study their origins, usefulness, and relationships to other machines. We will have hands-on opportunities with simple machines, draw pictures, and make our own models. While learning that gadgets are based upon the principles of simple machines, we will try to “stump” one another with unusual gadgets. We will learn about Ruben Lucius “Rube” Goldberg and his famous gadget cartoon pictures. As homework each of us will design and build a simple working model of his or her own Rube-Goldberg-inspired gadget. After working a little at home every day in order to plan, assemble, and complete our final course projects by the last day, we will then present them for our Open House.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 20 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3537
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMMichele Harrison
Closed
ED3538
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMMichele Harrison
Closed

 

 

For students completing Fourth Grade


 

The Artists' Studio
Using creativity and imagination, we will delve into the world of lines, colors, shapes, and textures, crafting our own works of art and learning to think critically about the art we see. We will explore and build upon the basic concepts for each of these artistic elements, gradually progressing to 3D models by the end of each week. Daily projects and artist workshops will foster both individual creativity and more structured learning to help students build a strong foundation in each element. We will also study several modern artists, who will help us understand how to use basic elements to create masterpieces. Finally, we will look at our art with critical eyes, thinking about the use of each principle and what it was like to work with the different materials. Students will have the opportunity to present their final art project on the last day of class.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3540
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMAnne KaffkaAccepting Applications

 

The Invisible Living World
In this course, students will become scientists exploring the amazing diversity and complexity of the invisible living world, using microscopes to make discoveries that are impossible with the human eye alone. The course will parallel the evolutionary development of living things, with the first week focusing on the most ancient single-celled organisms, such as bacteria; the second on organisms such as amoeba, algae and fungi; and the third on specialized cells of macroscopic multicellular organisms, such as humans. Students will learn about the intricate organization within seemingly simple life forms through direct observation, labeled pictures and diagrams, and readings. They will create their own microbe samplers on Petri plates by swiping doorknobs, the soles of shoes, floors and other microbe-rich habitats. They will explore the anti-biotic properties of spices, harness the power of yeast by making soft pretzel dough, and discover the good bacteria that turn milk into yogurt. Students will keep a lab notebook with information on vision, traits of life and cell structures, as well as sketches of what they observed. Also, they will research and make models of a microbe of their choosing for the grand Microbe Zoo finale.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3541
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMBarbara Stebbins
Closed
ED3542
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMElizabeth Abruzzini
Closed

 

The Art and Science of Math
Mathematicians aren’t the only ones to solve problems in their work. All sorts of people like architects, artists, scientists, business people, and engineers are problem solvers, too, who need math to do their jobs. In this class, we will explore a variety of exciting problem solving opportunities that come up in the real world where math is a useful tool. We’ll build stable structures out of unusual materials, design a water supply system, product test different slime formulas, and create beautifully elaborate, mathematically precise patterns. Students will work both collaboratively and independently to exercise their mental muscles and design solutions to complicated problems. Who knows what fascinating problem is just around the corner?
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3543
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMElizabeth Swerling
Closed
ED3544
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMElizabeth SwerlingAccepting Applications

 

Fluid Physics
In this class, we will discover the amazing world of liquids and gases. By studying density and Archimedes’ Principle, we will then find out how and why concrete boats and hot air balloons float. We will design and build our own model concrete boats and compete in The Great Concrete Boat Race. We will also make our own hot-air balloons. By studying surface tension, we will learn how water spiders can live on the surface of a pond and why bubbles act bubbly. We will investigate the shapes of bubbles and produce waves on a bubble. Also, we will study Bernoulli’s Principle and investigate how air flows around objects like cars and airplane wings.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 25 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3547
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJennifer Che
Closed
ED3548
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJennifer Che
Closed

 

 

For students completing Fifth Grade


 

The Art of Persuasion
Exceptionally well-prepared Fourth Graders may apply for this course.
Let your voice be heard! In this course we will work to develop our thoughts and ideas about the topics that matter most to you. We will learn to craft compelling arguments that can really make a difference, in the forms of persuasive essays, letters to the editor, debate, and more! Each day, we will practice writing in both formal and informal styles, critique writing samples, and work towards three published pieces for our class book. We will practice the various stages of the writing process as we pre-write, draft, revise, and edit our arguments, both with our peers and by ourselves. By the end of the three weeks, you’ll be amazed at how sophisticated and convincing your writing and speaking can be!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 30 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3551
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMJessica Dell'Era
Closed
ED3552
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMJessica Dell'EraAccepting Applications

 

Lab Chemistry
In this lab science course, we will observe chemical and physical changes, examine the properties of substances, hypothesize and investigate experimental outcomes, do independent research on elements of our choice, and utilize laboratory journals to record notes and observations. Students will develop their observation and analytical skills by experimentally discovering the amount of oxygen in air, testing gases for specific properties, making polymers, growing crystals, testing toothpaste for desirable properties, and performing a forensics experiment to determine the identity of various substances. Using freezing point depression, students will make ice cream and understand the chemistry behind it. As a culminating activity, students plan and perform a chemistry “magic” show.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 30 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3553
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMGene Csider & Megan Gerdts
Closed
ED3554
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMGene Csider & Megan Gerdts
Closed

 

Creating Music, Movies & Games with Computers
In this course, we will create pictures, animations, music, and interactive games. That’s a lot to accomplish, so instead of starting with markers and paint, we will be using a computer to help out. Much like the animators and computer programmers do at Pixar, you will learn to create pictures, animations, and music on the computer. You can even use these skills to make your own game on the computer! You will take all of your projects home on a USB drive so that you can easily show your friends and family. The software that we will use, Scratch, is free, so you can continue your projects after the class. The course is designed for students without programming experience, and students with fewer than 20 hours of Scratch experience are encouraged to enroll. The curriculum is based upon the new introductory programming course offered at UC Berkeley and covers fundamental topics in computer programming, such as variables, looping, conditionals, and method calls.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 30 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3555
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMNathan Mattix
Closed
ED3556
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMNathan Mattix
Closed

 

The Physics of Motion and Force
We will learn about Physics by exploring Newton’s Three Laws of Motion and see them in action in hands-on experiments and projects. Course highlights will include the effects of constant acceleration, culminating with students shooting marshmallows from paper blowguns, friction and the construction of a hovercraft large enough to ride on, Newton’s Third Law as exemplified by vinegar and baking soda powered rocket cars and, of course, lots of flying marbles.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 30 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3557
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMDann Bearson & Dana Ozer
Closed
ED3558
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMDann Bearson & Dana Ozer
Nearly Full

 

 

For students completing Sixth Grade


 

The Baker Street Irregulars
When Sherlock Holmes had trouble with a mystery, he often turned to the Baker Street Irregulars, a group of London kids, to help him solve it. Like the Baker Street Irregulars, students in this class will be challenged by a series of unique problems. Since each problem is different, students will learn general problem-solving strategies that can be applied to a wide variety of questions. Rather than following specific procedures or formulas, students will use strategies that include looking for patterns, drawing diagrams, working backward, questioning assumptions, and using logical reasoning. We will work collaboratively and independently to solve a range of challenges that range from realistic to fanciful, including perplexing pictures, geometric problems, secret codes, logic puzzles, word problems, strategy games, and good old mysteries.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 60 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3561
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMMatt Lipner
Closed
ED3562
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMMatt Lipner
Closed

 

Human Physiology
This class is for any student who has a body and is curious to know more about how it works! The course is organized around the organ systems that make up the human body. What happens to your food when you eat it? How strong are your muscles, and how quickly can they move? Why do your brain and eyes do crazy things when they’re confused? And, of course, there will be body parts everywhere! We’ll get our hands dirty with dissections of real hearts, brains, and eyeballs. As much as possible, our explorations will be activity-based and allow students to ask questions, make predictions, work with one another, and just generally have a good time. You’ll never look at your body the same way again!
Homework per class meeting: Up to 60 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $130 Total: $700
ED3563
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMPatricia Holman & Cherese LeBlanc
Nearly Full
ED3564
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMPatricia Holman & Cherese LeBlanc
Nearly Full

 

Extra-Terrestrial Trigonometry
How did people figure out how to find terrestrial and extra-terrestrial distances before computers and satellites? How are two-dimensional maps of a three-dimensional world made? How does an airplane or ship navigate? In this class, we will discover how people from around the world, for centuries and today, have used trigonometry to think about these ideas and more. We will study some basic algebra and beautiful geometry to investigate relationships in the terrestrial and extra-terrestrial realms; we’ll understand how circles, triangles and waves are all related. Though we will be influenced by questions about the world and space, the focus of the course is on developing mathematics: making conjectures, proving theorems, applying those theorems to the motivating questions, and asking more questions. This is not an aliens or a science course.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 60 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3565
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMDaniel Wolf-RootAccepting Applications
ED3566
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMStaff
Canceled

 

Writing for Secondary School
This course will provide an introduction to the expectations of secondary-level English classes. We will focus on the writing process—pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing—in our composition of essays and smaller assignments. We will practice expository writing (analysis, persuasion, and interpretation) as well as prose writing (description, narration, and modeling). While learning various writing styles, we will discover the importance of voice and point-of-view in writing. We will practice interpretation of concrete, visual imagery and later create our own artistic works to better understand authorial intent. Then, we will transfer these visual skills to analysis and creation of more abstract and metaphorical language in written works. Every day, we will write in our journals, study the roots of vocabulary words, and learn strategies for revising and self-editing.
Homework per class meeting: Up to 60 minutes
Tuition:$570 Facilities fee: $80 Total: $650
ED3567
MTWTF
MTuThF
8:30 AM - 12:00 PMSasha JohnsonAccepting Applications
ED3568
MTWTF
MTuThF
1:00 PM - 4:30 PMSasha JohnsonAccepting Applications

 

Additional Option for Returning Sixth Graders


Returning ED students who will be completing sixth grade in June 2015 are also eligible to apply for the following Secondary Division (SD) courses on the Berkeley Campus:

Spaces in these six-week courses are reserved for exceptional returning students who are ready for the challenge of demanding, rigorous coursework. The Director will determine admission and placement. Students who decide to apply to SD must complete an SD application. Former ED students applying to SD are considered new students for application purposes. The SD application deadline is Wed., February 25. Apply early!

Since placement in SD is not guaranteed for returning sixth graders, a sixth grade SD application should also include acceptable ED course choices as alternatives.