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[7/22 – 7/26] Summer Writing Workshop – Grade 3,4 and 5

July 22th to July 26th – 10:30 AM to 12PM PST
Instructor: Sushama Thakur
Min number of students: 2
Max number of students: 8
Grade Level: Students starting Grade 3,4 and 5 next school year

Students are introduced to essay writing as early as third and fourth grade. In our workshop, we’ll focus on helping them distinguish between the key subgenres commonly covered in academic settings: informational, argumentative, and narrative writing. Through engaging activities and practical exercises, students will gain a deeper understanding of each style. This will enhance their writing skills and prepare them for future academic success.

Day 1: Informational Writing

On the first day, we’ll focus on familiarizing students with the essentials of informational writing. We’ll start by examining the standard structure used in schools, then delve into key elements like creating an engaging hook and a strong thesis. Afterward, students will receive two specially curated articles to use as sources for the informational essay they will work on for the rest of the class.

Day 2: Argumentative Writing

On day two, we’ll shift our focus to argumentative writing. Since there are several similarities between the structure of informational and argumentative essays, we will take special care to highlight the differences. The key distinction lies in the third body paragraph: in argumentative writing, the goal is to refute the opposition, whereas in informational writing, the third body paragraph serves the same purpose as the first two.

Day 3: Creative Writing

Day three, dedicated to dissecting and emulating the narrative essay structure, is often considered a workshop highlight. We’ll explore Freytag’s Pyramid, a widely recognized tool in creative writing that consists of five parts: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Students will brainstorm their own story ideas and design a plot following this structure.

Day 4: Book Reports

On day four, we’ll focus on a subcategory of informational writing—book reports, which are the most commonly assigned form of informational writing in schools. Students will get familiar with a selected work of literature and then practice writing a book report. The goal is not mastery but to eliminate any apprehension about this essay format.

Day 5: Review and Presentations

On the fifth and final day of workshop, students will have the chance to boost their confidence by sharing the work they are most proud of with their peers. This activity often yields highly positive results, leaving students more eager and enthusiastic about tackling writing assignments than they anticipated when they first arrived.