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Summer Session in EcologySummer 2019: science & Language arts

BLEND PREP: Summer Sessions for Young Teens

Gearing up for high-school-level work

Our schedule for these summer sessions mimics that of The Blend: students meet twice per week for one onsite class and one online class.

Each course is substantive, with students acquiring both —

  • in-depth knowledge — topics will vary with each particular course but may include anything from scientific reasoning to Elizabethan verse, from understanding the biosphere to grasping the basics of atomic structure;
  • skills vital for high-school-level work — skills like taking lecture notes, close reading & annotation, lab skills, and more.

 

SESSION 1

Tuesdays & Fridays, May 14 – June 28, 2019


SESSION 2

Tuesdays & Fridays, July 9 – August 23, 2019


Summer Session in EcologyEcology

Instructor: Diane Speed

Summer Session in EcologyIntroduction
to Chemistry

Instructor: Diane Speed

Summer Session in EcologyReading
Non-Fiction

Instructor: Roy Speed

Summer Session in EcologyShakespeare's Comedy

Instructor: Roy Speed

For details of class schedule, course content and objectives,
course fees, and more, please see below.

SESSION 1:  May 14 – June 28, 2019

Ecology

Instructor: Diane Speed

Tuesdays

on site

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fridays

online

9:00 – 10:00 am

To register a student, click here:
Register for Ecology

The Nitrogen CycleThis course will provide in-depth information and labs on a number of essential topics — among them:

  • Populations
  • The Food Chain
  • Biomes
  • Chemical Cycles: Water, Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles
  • Humans and the Biosphere

Students will be expected to complete approximately 2 – 3 hours of homework each week. Homework consists of reading, annotating text, watching videos, completing worksheets, and studying.

Also, a final test is provided to parents to administer at home as they wish—open-book, closed-book, as a learning tool, as a grade generator, or some combination of these.

Cost: $375.00 + $20.00 materials fee

Materials: Students must purchase the following text:

Your student will also need a three-ring binder, with loose leaf paper and section dividers.


SESSION 1:  May 14 – June 28, 2019

Reading Non-Fiction

Instructor: Roy Speed

Tuesdays

on site

9:45 – 10:45 am

Fridays

online

10:30 – 11:30 am

To register a student, click here:
Register for Reading Non-Fiction

Minoan artStudents in this course will read a wide variety of non-fiction prose—types of writing they may have seldom, if ever, read. Among them:

  • news articles
  • feature articles
  • editorials
  • essays
  • excerpts from non-fiction books

The aim of this course is twofold:

  • to deepen and strengthen students' reading skills;
  • to enlarge their awareness of different topics and different types of interesting writing.

In each session, students will be instructed in close reading of fine writing. The instructor will coach the students on both —

  • content — perceiving nuances, shifts of tone; discerning key ideas; noticing effective writing or rhetorical devices; and more;
  • tracking their own reading experience — noticing, for instance, where they got confused or lost, or whether they simply "went out to lunch" at any point (started thinking about something else), and then, most important, figuring out why.

The objective behind such coaching is to transform the students into active, self-aware readers.

Cost: $325.00 + $25.00 materials fee

Materials: All materials are provided by the instructor.

 

SESSION 2:  July 9 – August 23, 2019

Introduction to Chemistry

Instructor: Diane Speed

Tuesdays

on site

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fridays

online

9:00 – 10:00 am

To register a student, click here:
Register for Introduction to Chemistry

A diatomic moleculeThis course will provide in-depth information and labs on a number of essential topics — among them:

  • Atomic structure
  • The Periodic Table: Representative Groups & Families — Metals, Halogens, Noble Gases, Alkali Metals
  • Bonding
  • Radioactivity

Students will be expected to complete approximately 2 – 3 hours of homework each week. Homework consists of reading, annotating text, watching videos, completing worksheets, and studying.

Also, a final test is provided to parents to administer at home as they wish—open-book, closed-book, as a learning tool, as a grade generator, or some combination of these.

Cost: $375.00 + $20.00 materials fee

Materials: Students must purchase the following text:

Your student will also need a three-ring binder, with loose leaf paper and section dividers.


SESSION 2:  July 9 – August 23, 2019

Shakespeare's Comedy

Instructor: Roy Speed

Tuesdays

on site

9:45 – 10:45 am

Fridays

online

10:30 – 11:30 am

To register a student, click here:
Register for Shakespeare's Comedy

Minoan artThis course will provide an introduction to Shakespeare and, in particular, to his comedies through the reading of Twelfth Night.

In this course, students will learn essential background on:

  • Shakespeare's life and works;
  • the Elizabethan theater;
  • Elizabethan wordplay;
  • blank verse/iambic pentameter;

— and more.

They will also be taught to grapple with Shakespeare's 400-year-old language and humor. — In the process, they will be amazed at Shakespeare's achievements.

Students will be expected to complete approximately 2 – 3 hours of homework each week. Homework may consist of close reading, annotating text, memorization of Shakespeare's verse, and watching scenes from Shakespeare productions on video.

Cost: $325.00

Materials: Students must purchase the following text:

 

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