[Gr 9-11] High School Essay Class

[Gr 9-11] High School Essay Class

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Sean Smeland
  • Academic English Specialist & STEM advisor
  • Senior Teacher for English/ History/ Biology/ Mathematics
  • M.A. in International Relations
, Columbia University
  • B.S. in Biology, 
Yale University

Class Schedule

6-week program, 6 hours/week

* Accepting one-on-one tutoring students

* Flexible class hours based on the student's and instructor's availability

Class Materials

Students will use class materials provided by the instructor.  

Course Description

In the High School Essay class, students will work with their instructor to improve their English writing skills. They will explore different genres of writing, complete a variety of writing assignments, and discuss how to improve themselves with teacher feedback. Students will participate in both class discussion and 1:1 revision session with their instructor. 

Key Lessons

Students will:

  1. Strengthen their English writing skills on different genres
  2. Develop creativity and critical thinking skills through active discussion
  3. Practice listening and response skills
Weekly Schedule
Week 1-2: Research paper
Week 3-4: Literary analysis
Week 5-6: Personal statement

New York Times Student Contest
To practice the writing skills learned in class, students can choose to join the New York Times Student Contest with instructor's guidance.