High School English Summer Offerings

    We feature a wide range of English summer offerings to students who wish to improve their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to prepare students for college level coursework. Laurel Springs provides a comprehensive and engaging English curriculum to help students improve their language skills and become confident communicators.

    English

    • English 1

      English 1 is an integrated curriculum. Each unit contains thematically related lessons in five domains: reading and the study of literature, reading informational text, writing, speaking and listening, and language study, which includes word knowledge and grammar skills. Topics are presented in ways that help young adolescents relate literacy skills to other aspects of their lives. Writing assignments include narrative, expository, and persuasive/argumentative modes and emphasize the use of details and reasoning to support ideas.

      Speaking and listening lessons are emphasized in Semester A. Vocabulary development instruction is integrated into literature and informational text lessons. Literature study in semester B focuses on the analysis of different forms of literature and on comparative studies of world literature and literature delivered in different media. Writing and informational text lessons guide students through the stages of research and demonstrate how to evaluate, integrate, and share the information gathered during research.

      College Prep • UC Approved English • NCAA Approved English

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Honors English 1

      Honors English 1 is an integrated curriculum. Each unit contains thematically related lessons in five domains: reading and the study of literature, reading informational text, writing, speaking and listening, and language study, which includes word knowledge and grammar skills. Topics are presented in ways that help young adolescents relate literacy skills to other aspects of their lives. Writing assignments include narrative, expository, and persuasive/argumentative modes and emphasize the use of details and reasoning to support ideas. Speaking and listening lessons are emphasized in Semester A. Vocabulary development instruction is integrated into literature and informational text lessons. Literature study in semester B focuses on the analysis of different forms of literature and on comparative studies of world literature and literature delivered in different media. Writing and informational text lessons guide students through the stages of research and demonstrate how to evaluate, integrate, and share the information gathered during research.

      Honors • UC Approved English • NCAA Approved English

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • English 2

      In English 2, students learn how to express their thoughts and feelings in writing. Emphasis is placed on the specific traits of the 6-Traits of Writing: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions. Students also review the 5-step writing process as they practice the skills of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Each unit also includes instruction in the Greek roots of common English words. In the first semester, students are guided through the 5-step writing process for each of the major types of writing: expository, persuasive, expressive, research, and functional. The writing projects center on each of the five major types. Students will receive comprehensive instruction on the various structures and styles of writing. Students are expected to produce original high-quality examples of each of the major types of writing. Writing samples are graded against the 6-Traits of Writing.

      In the second semester, students broaden their reading experience with exposure to literature from around the world. Students are given vast exposure to various reading samples and are encouraged to connect and relate to the various authors and cultures within the contexts of the passages and works. Reading strategies, literary elements, and new vocabulary and Latin roots are introduced. In addition, students are guided through an active reading process in preparation to prepare them for high-stakes testing which will assess their abilities to make inferences, comprehend, and analyze a variety of reading materials. Students are expected to respond to assigned reading materials in various activities and manners. Students will be graded on their abilities to review, summarize, analyze, connect, and respond to reading materials. Additionally, students will practice important reading strategies such as determining the meaning of unfamiliar words. They will produce an independent vocabulary assignment as evidence of their familiarity with these strategies. Students are also expected to create original materials in an effort to grasp the complexity of the genres.

      College Prep • UC Approved English • NCAA Approved English

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Honors English 2

      In Honors English 2, students learn how to express their thoughts and feelings in writing. Emphasis is placed on the specific traits of the 6-Traits of Writing: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions. Students also review the 5-step writing process as they practice the skills of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Each unit also includes instruction in the Greek roots of common English words. In Semester A, students are guided through the 5-step writing process for each of the major types of writing: expository, persuasive, expressive, research, and functional. The writing projects center on each of the five major types. Students will receive comprehensive instruction on the various structures and styles of writing. Students are expected to produce original high-quality examples of each of the major types of writing. Writing samples are graded against the 6-Traits of Writing. In Semester B, students broaden their reading experience with exposure to literature from around the world. Students are given vast exposure to various reading samples and are encouraged to connect and relate to the various authors and cultures within the contexts of the passages and works reading strategies, literary elements, and new vocabulary and Latin roots are introduced. In addition, students are guided through an active reading process to prepare them for high stakes testing which will assess their abilities to make inferences, comprehend, and analyze a variety of reading materials. Students are expected to respond to assigned reading materials in various activities and manners. Students will be graded on their abilities to review, summarize, analyze, connect, and respond to reading materials. Additionally, students will practice important reading strategies such as determining the meaning of unfamiliar words. They will produce an independent vocabulary assignment as evidence of their familiarity with these strategies. Students are also expected to create original materials in an effort to grasp the complexity of the genres.

      Honors students are expected to complete additional assignments throughout the course that build on the content provided. These assignments, like analyzing how a producer puts a movie together to develop a theme and writing lyrical poetry using literary devices, make these students go above and beyond the curriculum content in creativity and application.

      Honors • UC Honors Approved English • NCAA Approved English

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • English 3

      In English 3, students will acquire the language, reading, writing, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Students will become critical readers and thinkers as they dive deeply into the texts presented throughout this course. Students will learn how to effectively research and integrate their findings, as well as cite their sources.

      College Prep • UC Approved English • NCAA Approved English

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Honors English 3

      In Honors English 3, students will acquire the language, reading, writing, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Students will become critical readers and thinkers as they dive deeply into the texts presented throughout this course. Students will learn how to effectively research and integrate their findings, as well as cite their sources. Honors students read additional literary works and complete additional assignments requiring more advanced analysis and critical thought. Honors students are expected to work at a more independently inquisitive level and commit to learning at a higher and more rigorous level, creating work reflective of this rigor.

      Honors • UC Honors Approved English • NCAA Approved English

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • English 4

      Why do people do what they do? English 4 will give you a front row seat to study the motives that have driven people’s actions for centuries. Along the way you will encounter epic heroes defying danger, tormented minds succumbing to the power of greed and ambition, enlightened thinkers striving for individual rights and freedoms, sensitive souls attempting to capture human emotion, and determined debaters taking a stand on critical issues. You will read to analyze the way language is used to express human motivation and research to examine the results of actions in the real world. The lessons in each module will give you the tools you need to gain insights from what you read and to use your knowledge in creative and analytical writing.

      College Prep • UC Approved English • NCAA Approved English

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Honors English 4

      Why do people do what they do? Honors English 4 will give you a front row seat to study the motives that have driven people’s actions for centuries. Along the way you will encounter epic heroes defying danger, tormented minds succumbing to the power of greed and ambition, enlightened thinkers striving for individual rights and freedoms, sensitive souls attempting to capture human emotion, and determined debaters taking a stand on critical issues. You will read to analyze the way language is used to express human motivation and research to examine the results of actions in the real world. The lessons in each module will give you the tools you need to gain insights from what you read and to use your knowledge in creative and analytical writing. Honors students are expected to work at a more independently inquisitive level and commit to learning at a higher and more rigorous level, creating work reflective of this rigor.

      Honors • UC Honors Approved English • NCAA Approved English

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • AP® English Summer Boot Camp

      Strap your boots on and never fear, AP® Summer Boot Camp is here! Come build your confidence with our successful foundational strategies. Get a jumpstart on the close reading of academic texts and poetry. Learn how to annotate with a purpose and uncover the writer’s purpose and meaning. Engage in simulated exam practice, receive quality feedback, and walk away prepared for AP English. This boot camp will meet daily for a live session led by a teacher. 

      Session 1: June 24-27; 12-1 pm ET

      Session 1: July 8-11; 12-1 pm ET

      Cost: $400 per session

    • Shakespearean Literature

      Moving between the world in which Shakespeare lived and the present day, this course will introduce different kinds of literary analysis that you can use when reading Shakespeare. This journey through Shakespeare’s life will transport you to another era and will give you a new perspective on his timeless works. You will understand the plots and themes presented in the readings, as well as their implications for both Shakespeare’s time and the present day. As you review topics such as Shakespeare's contemporaries and the politics of modern performance, you will learn a range of critical tools that you can use to unlock the meaning and relevance of Shakespeare’s plays. Centuries later, William Shakespeare remains the central author of the English-speaking world; he is the most quoted poet and the most regularly produced playwright — and now among the most popular screenwriters as well. Why is that, and who "is" he? Why do so many people think his writing is so great? What meanings did his plays have in his own time, and how do we read, speak, or listen to his words now? We'll consider these questions as we carefully examine some of Shakespeare's plays from different perspectives. You will also write a literary analysis paper and a research paper regarding Shakespeare and/or his works. Later, you will create a portfolio to showcase the concepts that you've learned throughout the course.

      College Prep • UC Approved English • NCAA Approved English

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Honors Shakespearean Literature

      Moving between the world in which Shakespeare lived and the present day, this course will introduce different kinds of literary analysis that you can use when reading Shakespeare. This journey through Shakespeare’s life will transport you to another era and will give you a new perspective on his timeless works. You will understand the plots and themes presented in the readings, as well as their implications for both Shakespeare’s time and the present day. As you review topics such as Shakespeare's contemporaries and the politics of modern performance, you will learn a range of critical tools that you can use to unlock the meaning and relevance of Shakespeare’s plays. Centuries later, William Shakespeare remains the central author of the English-speaking world; he is the most quoted poet and the most regularly produced playwright — and now among the most popular screenwriters as well. Why is that, and who "is" he? Why do so many people think his writing is so great? What meanings did his plays have in his own time, and how do we read, speak, or listen to his words now? We'll consider these questions as we carefully examine some of Shakespeare's plays from different perspectives. You will also write a literary analysis paper and a research paper regarding Shakespeare and/or his works. Later, you will create a portfolio to showcase the concepts that you've learned throughout the course.

      This course provides an excellent opportunity for students to engage in deeper critical thinking than most literature courses because students examine and practice sophisticated methods of understanding literature. Students who successfully complete this course will build skills that not only transfer successfully to any university, but they will also have the tools to succeed at any university Literature course.

      Honors • UC Honors Approved English • NCAA Approved English

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Drama Literature

      In this course, we will study plays written by masters of drama in several historical periods, starting with the 6th century BC and continuing through to contemporary society. Drama is a literary art, and we will read, discuss, analyze, and write about the texts to become familiar with dramatic conventions and elements such as plot, character, theme, dialogue, conflict, setting, scene, rhetorical and linguistic devices, and dramatic forms such as tragedy and comedy. In doing so students will discover how playwrights hold a mirror up to society. We will also pay attention to the cultural contexts of these plays, cultivating an understanding of the history behind them. Students will read a diverse variety of plays and supplemental texts, research playwrights and historical context, perform oral presentations, and write both creative and critical papers and responses which require higher level thinking skills, such as compare/contrast, evaluation, and argumentative to demonstrate proficiency. This course allows for greater understanding of the stages of writing which include pre-writing, drafting, and revision. Students will read deeply and understand underlying philosophies in the literature as they learn to write a literary analysis paper. Finally, because drama is performative, we will also read scenes and compare them to performances in order to analyze the techniques. The goal of the course will be to deepen the students' enjoyment of drama by giving them the tools to look deeper into the craft and art of dramatic literature that has been influenced by so many different cultures.

      College Prep • UC Approved English • NCAA Approved English

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Honors Drama Literature

      In this course, we will study plays written by masters of drama in several historical periods, starting with the 6th century BC and continuing through to contemporary society. Drama is a literary art, and we will read, discuss, analyze, and write about the texts to become familiar with dramatic conventions and elements such as plot, character, theme, dialogue, conflict, setting, scene, rhetorical and linguistic devices, and dramatic forms such as tragedy and comedy. In doing so students will discover how playwrights hold a mirror up to society. We will also pay attention to the cultural contexts of these plays, cultivating an understanding of the history behind them. Students will read a diverse variety of plays and supplemental texts, research playwrights and historical context, perform oral presentations, and write both creative and critical papers and responses which require higher level thinking skills, such as compare/contrast, evaluation, and argumentative to demonstrate proficiency. This course allows for greater understanding of the stages of writing which include pre-writing, drafting, and revision. Students will read deeply and understand underlying philosophies in the literature as they learn to write a literary analysis paper. Finally, because drama is performative, we will also read scenes and compare them to performances in order to analyze the techniques. The goal of the course will be to deepen the students' enjoyment of drama by giving them the tools to look deeper into the craft and art of dramatic literature that has been influenced by so many different cultures.

      This course provides an excellent opportunity for students to engage in deeper critical thinking than most literature courses because students examine and practice sophisticated methods of understanding literature. Students who successfully complete this course will build skills that not only transfer successfully to any university, but they will also have the tools to succeed at any university Literature course.

      Honors • UC Honors Approved English • NCAA Approved English

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

    • Crafting Your Story: A College Essay Writing Workshop

      The College Essay Writing Workshop is a collaborative effort between College Counselors and an experienced English teacher, enriched with valuable insights from a college admissions representative. Through a combination of synchronous activities and asynchronous lessons and tasks, this workshop aims to guide rising high school seniors through the intricate process of creating a compelling and authentic college admissions essay. By providing expert advice, hands-on activities, and one-on-one coaching opportunities, participants will gain a deeper understanding of what colleges look for in an essay, learn to select meaningful topics, and master the art of drafting a standout essay.

      To maximize their experience, students should expect to put in approximately 60-90 minutes of work each day outside of the required synchronous meeting times. This course is open to full-time and part-time students graduating in the class of 2025, and is a non-credit bearing, non-graded course that will not appear on a transcript.

      Session: July 15-19; 1-3 pm ET

      Cost: $500

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