2020 Summer August Camp Course Details: Reading and Writing

1) Language Arts

We recommended that you submit the student’s writing sample to spidersmartbellaire@gmail.com

  • Kindergarten - 1st Grade

    • Session 5: August 3- August 14; Session 6: August 17- August 28

      • A101 Reading & Writing 9:30-10:30 AM $220

        • Students learn to listen carefully to stories, poems, and informational texts in order to identify common words and phrases. Through books, conversations, and experimentations with language, students expand their vocabulary while building upon their fundamental understanding of English grammar. Students will use their expanded vocabulary to collaborate with one another through the sharing of inferences and ideas. They begin to write and use a combination of writing, drawing, singing and dictating to describe their experiences and to give information. Come enjoy early literary activities designed to foster fluency, comprehension, and finding joy through reading. 

      • B100 Reader’s theater 1:30-2:30 PM $220

        • Reader's theater is a highly engaging, collaborative literacy activity that has students practice and perform short scripts. Students will learn how to use their voices, facial expressions, and gestures to interpret a story. It helps build young readers’ confidence and promotes fluency.

  • 2nd Grade - 5th Grade

    • Session 5: August 10 - August 21

      • A401 Literature Reading and Critical Essay Writing 9:30 - 11:30 $419

        • This session will be an introduction to text analysis. Students learn to observe plot structure, track character development, and to identify and emulate literary devices commonly found throughout American literature. This course will teach students how to craft narrative, descriptive, expository, persuasive, comparative, and research essays. Students learn how to plan, create first drafts, revise, edit, then present their research and original ideas. Grammar, diction, and language mechanics are observed and evaluated throughout the program. Every student will compile their own portfolio of writing samples that will be presented to their classmates and teacher at the end of the course.

      • Public Speaking Session 5; 1:00 - 2:00 $199

        • Our Public Speaking camp covers a wide range of topics including first impressions, the art of conversation, impromptu speaking, gestures, comedy, and more. Students learn important communication skills to improve their confidence and stand out in school, their careers, and life. Students learn to be expressive, use eye contact, gain vocal confidence, and deliver nonverbal communication through gestures and body language. With small class sizes, our highly qualified coaches focus on each student. Students practice individual and group performances daily and give a final presentation during the last class. Students will learn Shakespeare and the classics through performance. This course will explore a variety of speaking events hosted at the UIL tournament.

  • 5th Grade- 8th Grade

    • Session 5: August 10 - August 21

      • A501 Reading & Writing with the Mock Trial 9:30 - 11:30 $450

        •  This two-week advanced program consists of text annotation, multi-genre essay writing, grammar evaluation, building vocabulary through critical analysis, and the innovative “Mock Trial” pedagogy. Through our online summer camp, students build analytical reading and writing skills, knowledge of common themes and motifs throughout contemporary American literature, and an understanding of the US legal system through a variety of historical and political frameworks.

        • In our Mock Trial program, students study multiple methods of discernment while investigating underlying themes within contemporary American literature. While receiving guidance from their instructor, students will collaborate with one another to develop their own theories and cases through daily group discussions and writing assignments. Students will study and explore the US court system, as well as the history and laws that animate it. By the end of the camp, students will have a well-developed understanding of not only persuasive writing and literature, but also multiple facets of the US legal system. 

      • Public Speaking 1:00 - 2:00 $199

        • Our Public Speaking camp covers a wide range of topics including first impressions, the art of conversation, impromptu speaking, gestures, comedy, and more. Students learn important communication skills to improve their confidence and stand out in school, their careers, and life. Students learn to be expressive, use eye contact, gain vocal confidence, and deliver nonverbal communication through gestures and body language. With small class sizes, our highly qualified coaches focus on each student. Students practice individual and group performances daily and give a final presentation during the last class. Students will learn Shakespeare and the classics through performance. This course will explore a variety of speaking events hosted at the UIL tournament.

  • 9th Grade - 11th Grade 

    •  Call (832) 964-5980 to set a schedule.

      • ​A701  College Application Essay Writing (Private Lesson)

          • This course will serve as an introduction to essay writing, with an emphasis on creative narrative structure. Because many families in our community prioritize their children’s performance on standardized tests and overall academic performance, the most influential aspect of a college application has become the personal essay. This course is designed to teach students in middle and early high school how to identify the prevailing cultural norms of elite institutions such as the Ivy Leagues, Stanford, Rice, etc., and create an authentic, engaging personal narrative that appeals to those sensibilities while also conveying the child’s individual character. This course will also include instruction on more structured essay formats commonly assigned in high school and college. Persuasive, argumentative, rhetorical analysis, and research essays with citations in MLA and APA will all be covered.

CONTACT US

Bellaire Learning Center

Email:        spidersmartbellaire@gmail.com
Address:   9730 Town Park Dr. STE #108
                  Houston, TX 77036

Phone:      832-964-5980

Memorial Learning Center

Email:       spidersmartmemorial@gmail.com
Address:  10321 Katy Freeway Suite E2
                 Houston, TX 77024

Phone:      832-964-5980