Summer is an excellent time to find a balance between vacation and edification to truly experience all that summer has to offer. With Oxford Tutoring’s summer courses your child has the opportunity to:
Maintain or Build skills in math, science, reading or writing.
Explore a new skill such as Speech and Debate, Python Programming or Website Design.
Discover the joy of hands-on learning with Science Explorers or Build-a-Computer courses.
Ensure summer required reading is completed.
Prepare for college entrance with Essay Writing and SAT or ACT programs.
The last few weeks, we have taken a closer look at our summer courses including College Prep courses, Enrichment courses, Science and Technology courses, as well as Math courses. Today we are going to learn more about the final set of summer courses being offering by Oxford Tutoring: Reading and Writing summer courses.
Reading and Writing Courses
Does your students need to maximize their ability in essential reading and writing skills or complete required reading? Our reading and writing courses are designed for students enrolled in the class for the next school year. There is an emphasis on essential reading and writing skills such as analysis, comprehension, reading fluency, and writing.
1st Grade English
Students learn phonics principles such at short and long vowel sounds, blending, segmenting and spelling. While taking this summer class, they apply what they have learned to simple readers, ask and answer questions about texts, and write groups of related sentences.
2nd Grade English
Students review phonics principles, focusing on multi-syllabic words in our summer course. They learn to read with appropriate speech and accuracy and start learning to summarize the beginning, middle, and ending through writing.
3rd Grade English
During this summer class, students focus on comprehension and vocabulary building, learning comprehension strategies, elements of narration and how to compose a complete paragraph.
Required Novel : Magic Treehouse #37: Dragon of the Red Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne
Recommended (but not required): Exploring Countries: Japan
4th Grade English
In this summer course, students learn the characteristics of each major genre: narrative, persuasion, exposition, and poetry. The summer course also includes reading and breaking down each genre, then producing works based on comprehension of the genres.
Required Novel: Magic Treehouse #47: Abe Lincoln at Last and the accompanying Fact Tracker: Abraham Lincoln
5th Grade English
Students learn to effectively summarize texts and refer to specific quotes when comparing and contrasting to strengthen their comprehension. Additionally, while taking this summer class, students learn to write in multiple genres.
Required Novel: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
6th Grade English
Students shift from reading comprehension to text analysis and written response. Also, in this summer course, they learn proven strategies to help them identify textual evidence supporting their points and compose their own written responses and analysis.
Required Novel: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
7th Grade English
In this summer class, students analyze texts for deeper meaning in order to summarize and scrutinize texts. Novel analysis guides students in forming opinions and in using evidence to justify opinions.
Required Novel: Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
8th Grade English
Students identify and analyze literary and rhetorical devices in this summer course. They learn to effectively integrate their ideas and knowledge to support their findings in the novel.
Required Novel: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
9th-10th Grade English
Students gain appreciation for the finer points of reading and writing. Furthermore, in this summer class, they discuss and write about the techniques authors use and develop their own literary voice and style to prepare for the writing expectations of college.
Required Reading: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Northwood and Irvine High Required Reading
Students complete their required summer reading in a paced manner and engage in Socratic discussion. This summer class is designed to build understanding of the literary elements in the more difficult required texts.
Our reading and writing summer classes give students the chance to develop writing, reading, comprehension, analysis, and communication skills that will carry over into college and beyond.