Since it looks like many of us are staying home for summer, why not participate in some fun/education classes for kids and teens?
Summer Screen Writing Class (individual or small group) Love movies? Want to learn how to actually write a screenplay? Beach Cities Tutoring is offering an introductory course on screenwriting this summer. Students will learn the fundamentals of screenwriting structure and formatting, how to create compelling characters, how to craft believable dialogue, and how to generate great ideas in the first place. By the end of the course, students will complete a short script and learn the business of how to pitch and sell that script. This course is available one-on-one or in small groups and is led by a professional screenwriter. This class will cover:
* Screenplay Structure & Formatting
* Character Development
* Crafting Strong Dialogue
* How to Pitch and Sell a Project
Summer College Application Essay Writing 101 Stressed about college essays? Need help with brainstorming, structuring, organizing, and editing your essay? Beach Cities Tutoring is offering College Application Essay Writing 101 this summer. Get individualized guidance and help from an experts. This is a one on one class.
Do your knees buckle when you think about writing your college essay? Is it difficult to choose the best prompt? Since the main purpose of the college application essay is to help admission officers learn what makes you unique and capable to contributing to their school, it is crucial to think about what you want them to know. First, make a list of things that make you stand out. Do you play a musical instrument? Do you like cooking? Have you had any unique travel experiences? Are you passionate about a social cause? Second, journal about these items as you can organize your thoughts later but at least you will have some. After you have some ideas you can take the list of essay prompts and match your ideas with them. Then you can begin to expand them and begin to form a more structured essay. Try to not be too critical of yourself as you can always make edits after. Peer editing is also a great way to get feedback and improve your essay.
For 10th and 11th graders, it would be proactive to read the admission essay topics for the schools you are interested in so that you can gather ideas during the upcoming year for the next year or two.
Struggling in writing??? Difficulty organizing your thoughts? Agonizing over grammar mistakes?
Beach Cities Tutoring offers summer writing workshops to help students with all aspects of Common Core Writing. Writing workshops will address the following topics, are lead by credentialed teachers and tailored by grade level. Writing workshops can be conducted one on one or with small groups if you have friends that are in the same grade level.
*? Reading/analyzing text
*? Brainstorming and organizing ideas using graphic organizers
WANT TO MAKE YOUR CHILDREN/TEENS ENJOY SOME SUMMER READING??? Beach Cities Tutoring is offering discounted prices for customized book clubs!!!! If you have a small group of friends/students at the same grade level, we can recommend some appropriate summer reading books and have a teacher/tutor lead the discussion groups to teach students how to answer inference questions and analyze the text, as well as, write about the text using textual evidence. Summer book clubs are not just for teens, we accommodate as young as students going into 3rd grade.
Also, if your children have assigned reading and you’d like us to lead a book club with a specific book that was assigned we are happy to do that too:)!!!?
Due to our high demand of requests for writing tutoring, we would like to offer private small group writing instruction for groups of 2-6 now and during the summer. Students will receive Common Core based writing instruction. They will learn how to write a proper introduction, body paragraphs with textual evidence embedded, and conclusion paragraphs. They will also learn how to edit and revise their writing. Writing is one of the most valuable life skills. Not only will it help students excel in all of their core subjects, it will help them succeed in life. Inquire now for discounted rates based on group size and more information about specific tutors.
Who doesn’t love public speaking right? I would guarantee that the thought of it makes 90% of students want to pee in their pants. What’s better than being judged in front of all your peers? Well, public speaking is a crucial life skill that many schools fail to teach. Summer is a perfect time to engage your child in creating their very own TED talk and instilling the value of being a strong public speaker in any future career.
First, introduce your teen to appropriate TED talks so they can view some models. I have posted some below but you can research on your own as well.
Challenge them to come up with their own topic of interest. If your tween or teen is having problems thinking of their own idea, here is a link with a bunch of ideas that they can develop:?http://wordgen.serpmedia.org/s_weekly2016.html. I have also posted a list of topics below
After they have watched some TED talks and have chosen their topic, introduce the TED talk format:
Students will need an opener, thesis, at least two pieces of evidence appropriately framed, explanations of their evidence, and visuals that are catchy and engaging. Finally make sure to to include a strong conclusion. Students should plan their script and the total talk time should be 1.5-3 minutes. Once they have practiced, film them and allow them to critique their own performance. They can share the talks with their friends and family if they like and knowing teens they may even want to post it on Youtube…..
ADDITIONAL TOPIC IDEAS
Should single gender education be an option for everyone?
Should the government impose a mandatory year of service?
What is the purpose of school?
When should we consider someone an adult?
Junk food: should schools sell it?
Do professional athletes deserve multimillion dollar salaries?
Should students be paid for performance in school?
Are green technologies worth the investment?
Should middle and high school students be required to meet a grade requirement to participate in sports?
How should organ recipients be chosen?
When is it okay to lie?
Are after school jobs helpful or harmful to students?
Should American students be required to learn a second language?
OTHER IDEAS: What are you personally interested in? ?(Challenge option)
With the advent of Common Core, writing has become a crucial part of all subjects. Students must explain their reasoning and how they come up with solutions in math, write multiple paragraph essays in history and write complex lab reports and evidence based paragraphs in science. One of the most important parts of writing include prewriting and editing. Both of which students hate to do. They often just want to start writing and end writing when they finish the physical act of writing. However, prewriting or brainstorming can greatly improve students’ ability to organize information in their writing. In addition, the editing checklist can offer an organized way for students to check all aspects of their writing and revise it before turning it in. Editing checklists cover grammar, organization, paragraph structure, and word choice. So before child yells out “I’m done!!” Make sure you take advantage of the resources below.
Topics range from a variety of issues including but not limited to the below. In addition, you can have your child choose a side on an issue and write a persuasive essay. Our tutors are also available for writing tutoring over the summer.
While teaching theme can be challenging as students often confuse it for the main idea, I have found several great resources and wanted to share them. Theme is valuable because it the basis or purpose for reading literature.
If the implementation of the Common Core Standards has caused your child/teen to struggle, you are not alone. A recent article by Stedman Graham in the Huffington Post found that in terms of critical problem solving skills, American students ranked 27th out of 34 nations. Although this information is good to know, it is not as bad as it sounds. Critical thinking ability can be TAUGHT.
Improving reading and writing comprehension is the key. Some factors that influence reading comprehension include environmental distractions, limited vocabulary, lack of interest, and prior knowledge. Writing is also very important when it comes to critical thinking as students have to be able to respond to texts in a well-organized way and also interpret the prompt. Common Core tests require students to use evidence from the text, but also include their own analysis. For many students this can be challenging.
The brain can be trained to analyze, absorb, digest and respond to all sorts of information and this is where tutoring can be very helpful, especially as many of our tutors are English teachers and/or English Major Graduates. We can help your teen/child learn strategies to integrate reading and writing into a relevant, real world environment. Individualized attention where the tutor breaks down the writing process into annotating, teaching prewriting strategies using graphic organizers, paragraph organization, quote analysis, and editing can help build a confident reader and writer.