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
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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.
The Writing Process
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
STEP 4: EDITING
— Write the final copy, including revisions and edits
Frequently Asked Questions
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?
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?
Is there homework?
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?
How does payment work?
Is there a sibling discount?
Is there a 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.