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VSA Future Seminar

Summer WritingWorkshop

Session 1: June 28–July 14, 2021
Session 2: July 19–August 4, 2021
Session 3: August 9–25, 2021

Grades 4–5: Mon. and Wed., 7-8pm EDT
Grades 6–7: Mon. and Wed., 5-6pm EDT
Grade 8 and up: Mon. and Wed., 6:30-8:30pm EDT

SIGN UP TODAY: Register here!

SLOTS ARE LIMITED

In VSA’s Summer Writing Workshop, young writers develop a critical eye and flex essay-writing muscles with weekly assignments. They begin by studying model texts in literary analysis, opinion writing, and personal narrative before tackling their own drafts, writing thoughtful essays on “What makes a hero?”, arguing persuasively for new education systems, and unpacking the character development in a myth. Over the course of summer writing sessions, students prepare for the increased rigor of their Fall 2021 writing classes and equip themselves with the tools and strategies for in-depth writing.

“VSA Future pays great attention to each of the students and puts in extra resources and efforts to ensure quality of online learning. Most importantly, the quality of teachers from VSA are top-notch and very experienced to inspire each individual to learn and improve. Thank you VSA Future!”

—Parent, 1st, 3rd, and 5th Grader

The Writing Process

In each unit, the RW class progresses through the writing process for a particular essay genre. They begin by studying a mentor text that models the genre, analyzing how the text’s structure, format, and argument work together to fulfill the essay’s goal. Students then brainstorm, outline, draft, edit, and revise essays, in which they practice the conventions of the genre before revising for clarity and proofreading for grammatical accuracy. For each draft, students receive detailed feedback from teachers and guidance on how to incorporate constructive criticism into their revisions. Over the summer, the RW class completes three units (6 classes per unit).

STEP 1: PREWRITING

— Choose a topic

— Create a graphic organizer

STEP 2: DRAFTING

— Use the graphic organizer to create paragraphs and sentences

STEP 3: REVISING

— Read your draft

— Use ARMS to improve your writing

STEP 4: EDITING

— Use CUPS to correct your writing
STEP 5: PUBLISHING

— Write the final copy, including revisions and edits

Frequently Asked Questions

LOGISTICS

What is the class schedule for the Summer Writing Workshop?

The Summer Writing Workshop is offered in three sessions. Session 1 runs from June 28 to July 14, 2021.

Session 2 runs from July 19 to August 4, 2021. Session 3 runs from August 9–25, 2021. Students can register for one, both, or all three sessions.

For each session, classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays. The G4–5 class is at 5–6pm EDT, and the G6–7 class is at 5–6pm EDT. The Grade 8+ class is at 3–4pm EDT.

Each RW unit spans three weeks and consists of 6 one-hour classes. Each unit features an independent curriculum that focuses on honing reading comprehension and literary analysis skills, drafting, writing, and writing original essays, and much more.

What online platform does VSA Future use for class?

VSA Future uses Zoom videoconferencing for its camp classes. Each student will receive a class schedule with Zoom meeting IDs and passwords. VSA Future uses the Waiting Room feature and meeting passwords to ensure student safety.

What software, equipment, and materials will my child need?

All campers should have access to a computer, laptop, or tablet with video and sound capabilities. VSA Future recommends that students use headphones (with microphone capabilities, when possible) for best sound quality and to focus. Students should have the Zoom app installed. Students should have pencil and paper with them during class to take notes and use as scratch paper. Additional class materials will be emailed to parents as needed.

What are the rules of the virtual classroom?

Please pay attention to the class, and close other applications and files on the computer. Eating and drinking are discouraged during class. Whenever possible, students should sit alone in a quiet room and wear headphones to help them concentrate. Parents should allow children to learn independently in virtual class without additional help, beyond providing technical assistance when needed. Avoid surrounding sounds and interference; when siblings or family members appear in front of or near the screen, it affects the attention of other students.

CLASSES AND CURRICULUM

What is the ratio of teachers to students?

The class sizes range from 4–8 students per teacher and teaching assistant. VSA Future reserves the right to cancel any class that has fewer than 4 students registered.

How are students placed into classes?

Students are placed in classes according to their Fall 2021 grade. E.g., a student entering 4th grade in Fall 2021 will be placed in the G4–5 class. A student entering 7th grade in Fall 2021 will be placed in the G6–7 class.

Is there homework?

Students are expected to write one essay per week.

REGISTRATION

How do I register for the Summer Writing Workshop?

Register online at bit.ly/vsa2021rw. When you sign up, you’ll choose which session(s) and which class. After registration, you will receive an email with your invoice.

Can non-New Jersey students sign up for the Summer Writing Workshop?

Yes. Our program is available to all students, regardless of their location.

How does payment work?

After you register, you will receive an invoice with payment instructions via email.

Is there a sibling discount?

Yes. Siblings receive a 5% discount.

Is there a referral bonus?

Yes, if you refer a friend, both you and your friend will receive a $35 referral bonus.

I am unsure if virtual teaching suits my child. Is it possible to attend a virtual class?

Yes. Our spring 2021 virtual classes are currently in progress, and we can arrange trial lessons for prospective campers until June 7, 2021.

“The director has done an amazing job for the virtual class. My kids did not feel much difference. The online class is definitely a saver for us during this challenging time! Really appreciate the flexibility VSA Future has offered. Kudos to the director and her staff for being flexible and good quality of classes!”

—Parent, 4th Grader, 7th Grader, and 10th Grade

Virtual Learning Testimonials

The remote learning experience with VSA Future is GREAT! I thought remote learning would be very challenging when I first heard about it—if it is challenging for adults to work from home, how could VSA Future manage so many kids at the same time? However, I am happily surprised—the classes have gone very well. Academically, we got the same classes and learning plans without any disruption. I appreciate that my son has extra learning opportunities, and I now have some time to do my personal work, instead of turning on the TV to entertain him when I am busy. VSA Future teachers are so supportive and dedicated. The Director calls every parent before class if their kids forgot the class or are late. Now it is a new routine for my family. Keep learning and growing and save commute time with VSA Future. Do not spoil me, I am getting used to this new learning model!

—Parent, 3rd Grader

I have three kids. VSA Future offers a variety of course selections to fit the needs for each of my child. The teachers and staff are great to work with. My kids have been enjoying the classes. They have learned and developed so much on many different skillsets from English, Math, Reading & Writing and Public Speaking. I was not sure if the remote learning would work out. Turns out that my concerns are totally unnecessary. The director has done an amazing job for the virtual class. My kids did not feel much difference. The online class is definitely a saver for us during this challenging time! Really appreciate the flexibility VSA Future has offered. Kudos to the director and her staff for being flexible and good quality of classes! Given the current environment where the on-site camping is not realistic, I am very excited that the center offers virtual camp! Another great help just in time for working parent. It keeps them busy and they will continue to learn! Can’t wait to join the camp. Really appreciate for all the center has done for us!

—Parent, 4th Grader, 7th Grader, and 10th Grade

A VSA Future teacher has been tutoring Andrew for almost one and half years. We can clearly tell in the past year, Andrew made lots of progress on his reading, writing, and speaking. More importantly, he is more confident in expressing his ideas especially in front of his classmates and teachers. With his well-prepared curriculums, the teacher made class interesting and easier. For example, poem writing is a hard topic for students. But under the teacher’s guidance, with carefully analyzing sample poems, learning the techniques on rhyming and organizing stanzas, Andrew really enjoyed writing multiple decent haikus and sonnets by himself. Also students’ tutoring progress is well-communicated with parents. After every class, we will receive a summary on the class content, student’s general performance, and assignments, etc, so we know exactly what part Andrew is doing well, and what part he needs to work harder. Andrew has been very happy working with the VSA Future teacher and we really appreciated the teacher’s great help to Andrew. Thank you so much!

—Parent, 6th Grader

I have 3 elementary school age children in 1st, 3rd and 5th grade. Thanks to VSA Future’s online learning, they are ahead of their school curriculum and have become more confident academically. VSA Future pays great attention to each of the students and puts in extra resources and efforts to ensure quality of online learning. VSA utilizes multiple advanced technologies and online learning tools for students to have instantaneous interactions. As a result, kids are very engaged during the classes and they get extra homework and practice time to reinforce concepts. Most importantly, the quality of teachers from VSA are top-notch and very experienced to inspire each individual to learn and improve. Thank you VSA Future and teachers! You are the best!

—Parent, 1st, 3rd and 5th Grader