Course Description: This seven-week course is a comprehensive preparation for the NEW 2016 SAT format in the areas of Evidence-Based Reading, Writing, and the optional Essay.
- Prepare for the NEW SAT Essay, which is a rhetorical analysis essay. We will examine the identity and purpose of elements such as diction, syntax, detail, imagery, appeals to logic, emotion, and authority, figurative language, and more; 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. We will 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!
Suggested Grade Range: Rising 9th to 11th grade.
Time Commitment: Approximately 6-8 hours a week.
Communication: I will provide a prerecorded audio lecture every week of the intensive. Detailed presentations, handouts, and supplements will also be made available; course presentations will address all major course concepts. I also provide detailed critique comments on every essay. While there are no regular live group meetings for this course, I am always promptly available via email and am happy to schedule one-on-one live Zoom meetings with individual students to help address any questions.
Technical requirements: Students must have Microsoft Word or equivalent word processing capabilities and high-speed internet.
Mrs. Serbicki is an experienced Creative Writing and Advanced Placement English instructor with a background in writing, media, and editing. She has been an online English instructor for Aim Academy since 2011. Over the past years, Mrs. Serbicki’s students have won many Silver Keys and Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – she has student winners every year! Mrs. Serbicki is a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BA in Communication Arts and a Minor in Philosophy. From 2009-2011 she served as the Web/Sales Coordinator for WTOV9, the NBC affiliate in Steubenville, OH. Her work included managing web traffic, designing and writing copy for web ads and creating effective commercial scripts. She has many years of experience providing student tutoring in areas of writing and mechanics as well as experience in small print publication and editing.