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Writing for Upper High School and College (English 4/5/6 Writing Prep)

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Subject Categories:
English Language Arts, Summer Course, Writing and Composition

This summer course is ideal for students headed to TPS English 4/5/6 Advanced Composition or TPS English 5/6 College Composition. It is also great preparation for the writing in TPS English 4/5/6 and College Literature and Composition courses. The course is also a good entry point for those who are new to TPS upper-level composition and literature courses and are seeking a composition emphasis. Students will study effective beginnings and endings, rhetorical strategies, systematic organization, purposeful word choice, writing for an audience, and even how to write for a specific medium. We will also examine professional pieces of writing and conduct regular peer reviews. This course can help take a student’s writing from basic, good, and adequate, to great and impacting. After taking this course, students should be comfortable with the overall writing process, and be able to focus on the specific writing styles of subsequent composition courses.

Grade Levels*:
10, 11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.

• Concurrent approval for a full-year TPS English 4 (or higher) course

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• Successful completion of Readiness Test
Notes and Conditions
Relaxed: TPS Summer classes are relaxed in attendance and assignments are optional. Enjoy your summer break while preparing for the next school year.

Transcript Planning: This course provides weekly practice, evaluation and feedback in writing skills related to the level of the course. The course is valuable for strengthening foundational skills to smooth out rough patches from the prior school year or give a head start for the next school year. Individual assignments receive feedback and a grade, but the course has no final grade or credit. The course is not a prerequisite for and does not provide placement approval for any TPS course.

“This course has been immensely helpful in practicing and polishing my writing skills.”

Hadashah D

“This course is suitable for students both entering college and upper high school writing. The teacher is both a college course teacher AND a high school course teacher, and he really knows what is the best for a student, as well as what is the student’s potential and ability. His feedback is always clear and on point, specifically instructing the student what to do and how to do it. My writing has improved once again as a result of taking this course.”

Jane J

“I would recommend this course to others because I learned a lot about writing and literature. I believe what I learned will be helpful in my remaining years of high school and in college.”

Melody G

“I have never taken such an insightful class. Not only did the instructor teach me the proper way to write an essay, but also how to analyze a story. He takes the ‘simplest’ stories and reveals to the class the profound meanings behind them. I would highly recommend this course.”

Grace B

“I’ve had a harder time with English in the past but this course helped a lot! The course is both short and sweet, not taking up too much of one’s time but still packed with information. The teacher is super helpful and makes sure the students understand how to write thoroughly.”

Ysabella B
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