PROGRAMS & EVENTS

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Writers Workshop

Dedicated to fostering a love of creative writing to students ages 7-18.  We offer after-school workshops that meet once a week for eight-week sessions.  Space is limited so reserve a spot soon.
 

Journaling is a fantastic way to get kids to learn how to reflect on their lives. It lets them put their thoughts onto paper and encourages them to stay observant of their surroundings.  Journaling is a great way to process feelings and emotions. Also, they can stretch their creative writing muscles. They can write poems, stories, songs, whatever they want in their journal.

Developing writing proficiency helps solidify reading comprehension. Your kids put what they learn through reading and listening to the test as they write.

We challenge students to use vocabulary words in their journal entries. You can really drive home the real-world applications of these words if you encourage the kids to use them.

After School Clubs

Story and Drama Club

The goal of Story and Drama Club is to engage students in literature by reading, discussing, and presenting a poem, story, or play. By studying a plot and roles, students build an understanding of characters, motivation, and storytelling.

After a day of sitting in classes, students can move around and act things out while building literacy skills.  There are any number of ways that dramatization can be integrated into afterschool activities through finger puppets, rhymes, reader's theatre, poetry slam or songs.

 

ELL Enhancements

This practice is especially effective for English language learners because it employs multiple learning modalities (physical, visual, auditory, etc.) that have been shown to reinforce language learning. Repeated readings of a script and practicing line delivery build fluency and expressiveness in English, and the collaborative nature of the practice provides essential opportunities for interaction.

Many students who are learning English may not have the same background knowledge related to text structure and content as native English speakers. For example, they may be unfamiliar with the format of a theatrical script, or with a fairy tale that is traditional in this culture (such as The Three Little Pigs). When choosing texts for this activity, select from a variety of culturally relevant texts, gauge students' levels of background knowledge, and provide additional explanation and instruction where needed.

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