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. 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; 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!
Over the course of seven weeks, we will complete 6 SAT essays and a wide, varied selection of MCQs. I will post weekly homework on our website at the beginning of each week – I also send a weekly update email to parents. Weekly work may include: SAT MCQs, an SAT Essay, readings from our SAT Study Guide, presentation material, and a prerecorded lecture. Weekly work should take no longer than 6 hours to complete.
Who should enroll?
9th-11th Grade students.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
I provide detailed, prompt essay critiques on each SAT prep essay we complete (we will write 6 of them over the course of our intensive). My critiques incorporate the specific SAT essay grading rubric (its three categories are reading, analysis, and writing) and provide guidance so students may improve with each essay. I offer explanations and feedback as desired on MCQ work as well.
No application is required for this class; I will contact you within 1-2 business days after your registration has processed. I will post weekly homework on our website at the beginning of each week – I also send a weekly update email to parents as well.