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Level II Reading, Writing, and Speaking Class (Grades 6-9)
Class Size: 32
Age Requirement: 12 - 15
Teacher: Michael Smith
Class Time: 11-11:50am
Class Room: C105
Tuition Fee: 750.00
Textbook Fee: 0.00
Material Fee: 0.00
  

Class Description

Students who take this will learn to read, think, write, speak, and listen according to high school AP standards, so that they will get a head start on handling all of their challenges that come at the highest high school course levels. They will be either be newcomers to our program, be in the high end of our Grade 6-9 scale, or be in the group of students who took either or both of our Middle School Writing class and Middle School Speech and Debate class during the 2018-19 school year.

We will reinforce to returning students while introduce to new students our series of homemade tips and techniques that have helped high school level students achieve perfect scores on AP English and History exams as well as the SAT and ACT essays – while introducing them to essay prompts plus reading and writing sections from the most recent actual exams.

Through our study of an entirely new collection of poems, short stories, short novels plus non-fiction essays, we will show students all of our methods for how to immediately analyze the prose or fiction in order to write or discuss their “brilliances.”
In addition, we will concentrate on going beyond the reading and writing phases of the course to show students our series of tips and techniques for how to effectively handle the type of “Fishbowl” discussion groups that are so popular now in area high schools that Dougherty Valley freshmen and sophomore English students have Fishbowls for their final semester exams.

Students will also get their first experience at handling the actual type of essays and reading comprehension multiple choice questions that they will see in the PSAT, SAT, and ACT exams, plus on all types of AP English and AP History exams. That means they will find out everything they need to do with SAQs, LEQs, Synthesis Essays, DBQs, Q1s, Q2s, and Q3s.

Here’s why it matters: We routinely produce students who earn perfect scores of 8, 8, and 8 on the SAT essay. Those numbers mean that the student is in the Top 2, 4, and 5 percent per category of all students who take the SAT throughout the country. Students who have taken the course at this level before routinely say that they learn all types of tips and techniques that they do not learn throughout their high school years. So our students will be years ahead of their other peers. They will also be able to compete across the curriculum in high school at the highest possible levels.
 
About the teacher: Mr. Michael Smith, a former professional writer and broadcaster, is a Certified High School A.P. English and I.B. English teacher, who currently teaches English, coaches Speech and Debate, and acts as a department head at a local private school. His students compiled an 89 percent AP English pass rate compared to the 59 percent national average based on his lessons for close reading. He also has had students accepted to six Ivy League schools along with many more of the top colleges and universities in the country based on his experience as a private college preparatory tutor.