The Smarter Summers Middle Program
At Smarter Summers, our goal is not to take away from the joys of summer, but to provide balance.
We want our students to return to the classroom with confidence, feeling excited to show off all that they’ve learned, and eager to learn even more! Our Smarter Summers Middle Program for students entering Grades 5-8 is designed not only to prevent learning loss, but to actually keep kids moving forward with the important skills that will help them to excel in school. We target foundational skills in reading comprehension and expository writing on both a macro (outlining and structure) and micro (sentence development) level, and we strive to help our students learn to love to write.
This workshop will encourage students to learn about the world around them and find their voice within it as they research and write about a topic of interest over the course of the week.
Each day will also include lessons on how to write strong sentences, how to structure a compelling piece of expository writing, and how to effectively use evidence to support claims.
Students will combine their research with the writing strategies they learn in order to write an informational article (week 1) or op-ed piece (week 2) that will teach their reader about their topic of choice.