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How We Express Ourselves – English Writing Camp @ HWIS
Join us this summer for an expressive experience, that will be a safe, supportive environment where students will express themselves and explore their creative and intellectual curiosity. We will use a variety of tools to write & illustrate the way published authors do—through a process of prewriting, drafting, seeking feedback, and revision — all through the lens of a writer!
Two 2-week sessions offered between July 12 – August 6.
· Half day: 9:00-11:30am, for Grades 2-4
· Half day: 12:30-3:00pm, for Grades 5-7
· Cost: $450/session (2-week), all materials included
Camp Policies: Download here
Bio: Yonca Oktay is an educator having spent much of her 20+ years in international teaching and educational leadership contributing to development of global citizens. She is a member of the International Baccalaureate Educator Network having worked in Singapore, Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait, Norway and Portugal. She has taught all subject areas including creative writing, poetry and literature. She has a Masters of Education and Bachelor of Science in Education from George State University.
Session I – July 12 – July 23: Poetic Reflections
What is Poetry? Poetry is literature that evokes imagination and emotions through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm. Poetry helps us teach literacy skills in a new way. Poetry teaches us the impact of saying a lot in few words. It also encourages us to consider the singular impact of each word in what we write. Reading poetry can help students understand the impact of short-form language. Another way of looking at poems is to view them as windows that reflect the world around us. Poetry also helps in understanding different perspectives. Teaching and learning from poetry can help students respect and understand the viewpoints of people across the globe.
Words are everywhere! So, students will explore the ‘world of poetry’ through Haikus, Cinquains, Acrostics, and other forms of poetry (Poetry Types), a Poetry Scavenger Hunt, writing a ‘Found Poem’, through creative poem activities such as Poetry Charades and My Robots Misbehaving, by creating a ‘Poetry Inspiration Scrapbook’ & reading some very silly poems such as ‘I’m Just No Good at Rhyming! to inspire our creative imaginations!
Camp Materials/Resources needed: Poetry Books (Amazon) & Writing Instruments (pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencils, glue, scissors, construction paper, etc.)
Student Materials: Writing Scrapbook
Session II – July 26 – August 6: Who We Are
Student-writers dive into fun writing activities which explore who they are and the themes that move or inspire them. Students will build a portfolio of “starter” writing projects as they engage and explore with Six-Word Memoir, Finish the Story (Accordion Stories), Story Chains, the What If? challenge, the Most Disgusting Sandwich in the World , and using writing prompts to spark their imagination and encourage new heights of creativity! Students will enhance their “fiction tool-box” by looking at what all great stories share and use writing techniques to “show, not tell”. Student-writers will develop, publish, and present their own work during the camp. As they hone their craft, students gain the skills necessary to both develop and to revise and edit their own pieces while workshopping with peers.
Camp Materials/Resources needed: Writing Instruments (pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencils, glue, scissors, construction paper, etc.)
Student Materials: Writing Journal