This seven-week mini-course is a comprehensive preparation for the New 2016 SAT format in the areas of Evidence-Based Reading, Writing, and the optional Essay. We will seek to demystify the English sections of the SAT and have fun learning the ins and outs of each category.
- Prepare for the New SAT Essay, which is a rhetorical analysis essay.
- Examine the identity and purpose of elements such as diction, syntax, detail, imagery, appeals to logic, emotion, and authority, figurative language, and more; as well as explore basic essay structure and organization, and practice the difference between merely reporting content and truly analyzing how the author achieves his or her purpose.
- Practice the ability to create a coherent organization, use varied sentence structures, and employ good word choice and tone. Complete a selection of essay responses to SAT practice prompts. I will provide detailed feedback on every student essay.
- Prepare for the reading section of the SAT. This will include practicing evidence-based passages, inferring meaning based on tone, diction, and context clues, and more.
- Prepare for the writing section of the SAT. This will include practicing strong grammar, diction, and punctuation skills in preparation for the SAT Writing questions which require a student to spot errors and choose the most concise, correct phrasing of a sentence or paragraph structure.
- Prepare for SAT-level vocabulary. In addition to providing vocabulary resources and virtual flashcard sets, I will provide a good set of strategies for improving vocabulary in general – for the SAT and beyond.
I will post homework on Monday morning; all weekly assignments are due Friday night. Students will receive and submit all homework materials through our class website; I also send weekly emails to check in.
Students will complete all or most of the following on a weekly basis: one Rhetorical Analysis SAT Essay, one set of SAT English MCQs, attending OR listening to the recording for an audiovisual lecture, reading 1-2 chapters from our SAT Study guide, and exploring handouts and resources. Students may spend 5-6 hours a week on this class.
Who should enroll?
9th-11th graders who plan to take the SAT exam within the next year.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
I provide detailed critiques on all written essay assignments and on MCQ work as desired. These assignments are critiqued within a few days. I critique all essays based on the three rubric categories of the SAT essay: Writing, Reading, and Analysis. Weekly check-in emails will be sent to both parents and students.
An application is not necessary to join this course; you may register at your convenience. I will contact parents within 1-2 days of their registration being processed. Weekly check-in emails will be sent to both parents and students.