English Writing Grades 2-12
Mill Creek Academy offers its premier writing program for grades 2-12. With our quality curriculum, designed by the Mill Creek faculty team, we will deliver writing content that follows the State standards. Our curriculum is designed for highly motivated students who realize that writing is a craft, which takes a great deal of practice and attention. Students in the course will not only practice different modes of writing, but also refine their reading comprehension skills while also implementing new and relevant vocabulary. The writing courses bode detailed paper commentary from the instructors, which will allow a student to visually see how they can revise their essays. With each revision draft, students will learn how to write well.
The curriculum for our Writing program changes each session at every grade level.
AP English Preparation Grades 11-12
The AP English Literature and Composition Exam is designed to test proficiency in a full year of college Freshman English. This AP English course will simulate the challenge of an introductory course in college. To that end, the course is designed to include a challenging workload throughout the session. A successful score on the AP Exam waives the first year of college English. Equally important, the AP English exam evaluates analytical and writing skills. In addition, to preparing students for The AP Exam, this session strengthens academic prowess. The extensive readings, discussions, and essays will give the students the experience he/she needs to do well in this course at their school site. Expect students to work hard and find personal reward in their diligence.
Timed Writing Grades 7-11
Timed writing is an essential part of many placement and entrance exams required for college. Students who learn strategies for developing strong and concise content in a timed environment will have an advantage going into these exams. This class will focus on the content, form, and style of successful writing. Students will study work that meets conventions and standards for high school level writing. Participants will also practice weekly timed writing, which they will then examine, share, and edit during class. The class will address syntax, grammar, and format as well as conceptual depth, teaching students how to write a clear, strong, pertinent essay in 45 minutes or less.
Creative Writing – Finding Your Writer’s Voice Grades 5-12
All of our favorite books start with a writer’s imagination. This creative writing course will give your child an opportunity to explore their creativity in writing and bring remarkable characters to life. Students will be given tools to help inspire creative ideas and learn to develop those ideas into a concrete plot. Students will work on developing an aspect of their creative story, which includes the characterization, plot development, and resolutions. Our goal of the course is to allow students the room to explore their imagination with the hopes that they may even create their own heroes, villains, quirky sidekicks, and creative plot lines. In the process, students will begin to explore their own writer’s voice, finding confidence in their story-telling. We will focus on making writing come alive with lessons on plots, dialogue, setting, and tone. At the end of the session, each student will have written a creative story and composed a written piece of poetry. In addition, the high school creative writing course will also have an added element of publishing to enhance student’s understanding of the creative writing process.
Confidence in Poetry Grades 7-8
Poetry is often a subject area that most students fear due to the brevity in words that comes with poetry writing. However, what students do not realize is that poetry is the foundation for building analytical skills. Poetry allows a writer and reader to engage over a series of thoughts and together, define meaning that is beyond the text. Students in this course will write and read poetry from different writers, genres, and styles – exploring major poetic terms. Through nightly journal writing and in-class peer review critiques, students will have many opportunities to respond critically to famous works of poetry as well as their self-composed poems. Additionally, students will work on an element of oral presentation in a creative manner, whereby students will select a poem of their own choice and create a video recording of their reading, interpretation, and response to the poem. This course will take away the anxiety associated with poetry and perhaps, the students will eventually realize that poetry is no longer intimidating, but rather inviting and engaging.
The Analysis of Harry Potter Grades 7-8
Calling all Harry Potter fans! This is a course that gathers the most revered fans of J.K. Rowling’s novel series. In this course, students who have read or plan to read the entire series, will find themselves on a journey into the underlying themes, character analysis, and discussions on the Harry Potter series. Embedded in this masterpiece of writing are connections to historical contexts, Latin roots, and analytical musings that will challenge a young reader’s mind. Guided by a Harry Potter faculty member, students will explore deeper thematic levels of meaning developed throughout the series, as well as J.K. Rowling’s allusions to classical literature and vocabulary.
Word Wizardry Grades 7-8
Word Wizardry is designed for Junior High students (grades 7-8). The course will focus on celebrating the language skills of reading, understanding and using words with an emphasis on building vocabulary. Strategies will be introduced to help make learning vocabulary exciting! By teaching the use of mnemonic devices, implementing vocabulary word games, and creating sentences using vocabulary words; the students will hopefully see that vocabulary development is not only important, but also fun! Please note that the curriculum changes each session.