Composition Bootcamp (HS)

Students will learn how to write a strong thesis and support that thesis using logical reasoning and concrete support. 

Quote integration using MLA citing conventions will also be covered if time allows. Students might have a short assignment each night during the class week.  

Topics covered:

Mechanics & Outlining

  • How to write a good thesis
  • Brainstorming reasons to support your thesis (logic)
  • Organizing your ideas into three main points that support your thesis (logic)

Reasoning & Logic

  • Difference between two types of support: logical reasoning (abstract) and illustration (concrete): the importance of illustration and finding concrete examples to illustrate points 
  • Types of concrete support: examples, quotes (textual support), facts, statistics, anecdotal, etc.
  • Quote integration using direct and indirect quotes and MLA citing conventions
  • Analysis of “classic” five paragraph essays to identify the key components

This class is considered an…

Academic Workshop

Academic workshop classes will include mostly in-class work with some outside reading and/or homework. Academic workshop classes are Pass/Fail and are added to a student’s transcript/report card only by request of the parent after the class is complete using this form. High school workshops will receive 2.5 credits and will receive the OS (Kolbe Summer Course) designation on the Kolbe transcript. Academic workshop classes are limited to a 20 student enrollment maximum.

  • All materials are provided by the instructor.

Course Details:

Section Number

WE08CMPZZS-1

Course Title

Composition Bootcamp (HS)

Instructors

Ms. Ellen Finnigan

Grade Level 

Rising 9 – 12

  Live Class Meets  

 Three times per week

Dates

June 25 – July 18

No class on July 4th

Day(s)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursday

Class Period

3

Time

 9:00 – 9:50 AM PST

12:00 – 12:50 PM EST

Tuition

$219

Course Type

 Academic Workshop

Credits*

2.5 (Academic Elective)

Transcript Designation

 Kolbe Summer Course (OS)

Notes

 *Academic workshop classes are Pass/Fail and are added to a student’s transcript/report card only by request of the parent after the class is complete using this form

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