Reading and Creative Writing

Grades 1 - 12,  PSAT, SAT, AP English Language

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Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Structured Writing, Creative Language Styles.

Program designed to develop superior structured writing skills in your child along with reading comprehension and critical analysis. Our strategy to develop your child includes the best curriculum, highly engaging classrooms with the best teachers, personalized feedback. We celebrate the uniqueness of each child and develop them to maximize their potential in Language Arts.

Creative writing is one of the most important skills with benefits in all walks of life. And we feel this is a skill that has seen the most dearth of attention in the school systems.

Our program will coach your child on structuring their thoughts into carefully planned narratives, using superior language styles that make the simplest of scenes come alive.

There are plenty of neuroscience research suggesting that when students engage in creative writing, it activates the same cognitive abilities tied to invention and problem solving. It also increases their patience and persistence in driving towards long term goals vs driving towards immediate gratification.

These competencies will be strong differentiators in a fast changing world where your kids will have to be problem solvers in scenarios where the problem itself may not be clearly defined. Our program is designed to build their ongoing confidence and develop them into superior thinkers and problem solvers

In Reading Comprehension, students will cover multiple genres including Fiction (multiple facets), Informational, Poetry, Biographies etc. Reading level and progression customized for each student.

Program Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 1 : Grades 1st - 3rd

Level 2 : Grades 3rd - 5th​

Level 3 : Grades 5th - 8th​

Level 4 : PSAT + Creative Writing (Grades 7+)

Level 5: SAT + High School Writing (Grades 8+)

Level 6: AP English Language + College Essay Writing (Grades 9+)

Content Schedule. Levels 1 - 3. Grades 2 - 6.

Level 1: Tuesdays 6:30PM

Level2: Tuesdays 5:15PM

Level 3: Thursdays 5:15PM

 

Reading

Writing

Grammar

Week 1

Fiction

Fiction Narrative 

 

Week 2

Fiction

Brainstorm high level idea

 

Week 3

Fiction

Character development chart

 

Week 4

Fiction

Plot development chart
Logic and Inference activities

 

Week 5

Fiction

Start writing introduction
Logic and Inference activities

 

Week 6

Fiction

Finish introduction
Logic and Inference activities

 

Week 7

Fiction 

Start writing
main body & conclusion

 

Week 8

Fiction 

Continue Main body & Conclusion

 

Week 9

Finish Main Body & Conclusion

 

Week 10

Deep Editing / Peer Review

 

Week 11

Deep Editing  / Peer Review

 

Week 12

 Present

Week 13

 

 

Grammar

Week 14

 

 

Grammar

Week 15

 

 

Grammar

Week 16

 

 

Grammar

Week 17

Non Fiction

Informative / Persuasive Writing
Introduction

 

Week 18

Non Fiction

Structure & Components

 

Week 19

Non Fiction

Short Writing

 

Week 20

Non Fiction

Longer Prompt Planning

 

Week 21

 

Draft 1 Writing

 

Week 22

 

Draft 1 Revision

 

Week 23

 

Draft 2 Writing

 

Week 24

 

Draft 2 Revision

 

Week 25

 

Draft 3 Writing

 

Week 26

 

Draft 3 Revision

 

Week 27

 

Present

 

Week 28

 

 

Grammar

Week 29

 

 

Grammar

Week 30

 

 

Grammar

Week 31 – Week 42 (Summer)

New Topics in Reading and Writing following
the above schedule

 

Content Schedule. L4. PSAT. Grades 7+ / L5. SAT. Grades 8+

Level 4: Mondays 6:30PM

Level 5: Tuesdays 5:15PM

Evidence Based Reading

Grammar / Evidence Based Writing

Writing. L4. PSAT: Creative Writing

Fiction, Persuasive, Informative

Writing. L5. SAT: High School Writing

Realistic Fiction

Fantasy

Sci-Fiction

Persuasive

Informative

Content Schedule. L6. AP English Language. Grades 9+.

Level6: Open Slot

Unit 1: Essential Concepts

Skills

Topics

RHS 1.A--Identify and describe the components of the rhetorical situation; the exigence, audience, writer, purpose, context
and message.

CLE 3.A--Identify and explain claims and evidence within argument

CLE 4.A--Develop a paragraph that includes a
claim and evidence supporting the claim.

Rhetorical situation terms: speaker, purpose, audience, context, & exigence

Short nonfiction readings to practice with rhetorical situation terms

Guided reading of text

Writing claims and evidence

Revising writing

 

Unit 2: Rhetorical Analysis

Skills

Topics

RHS 1.B--Explain how an argument demonstrates understanding of an audience’s beliefs, values, or needs.

RHS 2.B--Demonstrate an understanding of an audience’s beliefs, values, or needs.

CLE 3.A--Identify and explain claims and evidence within an argument.

CLE 4.A--Develop a paragraph that includes a
claim and evidence supporting the claim.

CLE 3.B--Identify and describe the overarching
thesis of an argument, and any indication it provides of the argument’s
structure.

CLE 4.B--Write a thesis statement that requires
proof or defense and that may preview the structure of the argument.

Identifying and using the 3 appeals: ethos, pathos, and logos

Tone

Essential question: “to what extent has Declaration of Independence’s ‘all men are
created equal’ line been upheld throughout our history?”

Guided reading

Writing a thesis statement

Clearly connecting claims and evidence

 

Unit 3: Argument Essentials

Skills

Topics

CLE 3.A--Identify and explain claims and evidence within an argument.

CLE 4.A--develop a paragraph that includes a claim and evidence supporting the claim.

REO 5.A--describe the link of reasoning and explain whether it supports an argument’s overarching thesis.

6.A--develop a line of reasoning and commentary that explains it throughout an argument.

REO 5.C--recognize and explain the use of methods of development to accomplish a purpose

REO 6.C--use appropriate methods of development to advance an argument

Commentary within paragraphs, improving commentary in our writing

Identifying and avoiding fallacies

Reading and writing in a particular method of development: narration

Reading and writing in a particular method of development: cause-effect

Read & analyze texts

 

Unit 4: Advanced Argument

Skills

Topics

RHS 1.A--Identify and describe the components of the rhetorical situation: exigence, audience, writer, purpose, context, and message.

RHS 2.A--write introductions and conclusions appropriate to the purpose and context of the rhetorical situation

CLE 3.B--Identify and describe the overarching thesis of an argument, and any indication it provides of the argument’s structure.

CLE 4.B--write a thesis statement that requires proof or defense and that may preview the structure of the argument.

REO 5.C--recognize and explain the use of methods of development to accomplish a purpose

REO 6.C--use appropriate methods of development to advance an argument

Writing effective introductions and conclusions, improving introductions and
conclusions in our writing

Reading and writing in a particular method of development: compare/contrast

Reading and writing in a particular method of development: definition or description

Read & analyze various texts

 

Unit 5: Debate

Skills

Topics

CLE 3.C--explain ways claims are qualified through modifier, counterarguments, and alternative perspectives

CLE 4.C--qualify a claim using modifiers, counterarguments, or alternative perspectives

 

Citation using MLA or APA

Constructing an annotated bibliography

Various Debate Topics

 

Unit 6: Style Study

Skills

Topics

REO 5.A--describe the line of reasoning and explain whether it supports an argument’s overarching thesis

REO 6.A--develop a line of reasoning and commentary that explains it throughout an argument

REO 5.B--explain how the organization of a text creates unity and coherence and reflects a line of reasoning.

REO 6.B--Use transitional elements to guide the reader through the line of reasoning of an argument.

STL 7.A--explain how word choice, comparisons, and syntax contribute to the specific tone or style of a text.

Strategically use words, comparisons, and syntax to convey a specific tone or style in an argument.

Read and analyze excerpts from a variety of authors and texts:

Study mentor sentences from texts

Style imitation creative writing practices

 

Unit 7:
Synthesis

Skills

Topics

CLE 3.A--identify and explain claims and evidence within an argument

CLE 4.A--develop a paragraph that includes a claim and evidence supporting the claim.

CLE 3.B--identify and describe the overarching thesis of an argument, and any indication it provides of the argument’s structure

CLE 4.B--Write a thesis statement that requires proof or defense and that may preview the structure of the argument.

STL 7.A--explain how word choice, comparisons, and syntax contribute to the specific tone or style of a text.

STL 8.A--strategically use words, comparisons, and syntax to convey a specific tone or style in an argument

Excerpts from various articles and multimedia.

  

College Essay Writing (Read more HERE)

  • Purpose and Audience.
  • Different types of college essay.
  • Style fundamentals and Alternative Flow Structures (sequential, flashbacks, cascades, etc.)
  • Language Styles
  • Ingenuity, depth of thought and voice

Pricing (per 4 weeks)

All levels: One hour a week: $135

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Thinking Feet’s main learning center is located in the Ballantyne area in Mecklenburg county. We are just minutes away from nearby Blakeney, Weddington, Marvin, Waxhaw, Pineville, Matthews, Wesley Chapel, Piper Glen and Fort Mill, SC.​​​​