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MORNING CLINICS   9:00-11:30


     For students entering 5th-12th grades

Transitioning from Informal Speaking to Formal Writing

I. Starting the Transition

Students will learn to decode and encode words for both meaning versus sound, moving beyond the Germanic core of English to its French, Latin and Greek layers. They will use this knowledge to better understand how to use key tools, such as dictionaries and thesauri, to help them start to be aware of what makes for formal versus informal word choices. They will also learn how to make clear, complete sentences, by first reviewing basic punctuation and grammar and then expanding on both as time permits.

II. Mastering the Transition

Students will build on basic knowledge of sentence

grammar, parts of speech, and decoding for sound

and meaning.

They will learn how to use grammar, diction and

punctuation to create well-focused, non-repetitive 

sentences. The will also learn how to use

transition/linking words and phrases to connect

parts of a sentence and groups of sentences into

clear logical relationships. A key overall goal is to

reate mindful awareness about what exact process

allows them to transform highly informal, oral-based

first drafts that suffer from limited or no pre-writing planning into revised, cogent, and coherent formal final drafts. This activity allows them to explore and understand more deeply the uses of punctuation, transitions, generation of idea-based topic sentences, and the importance of pre-planning, drafting, peer review, and revision for moving from an informal to formal relationship to language.

Recent research indicates that for learners who have underlying language-specific challenges, such as dyslexia, long-term academic success in mastering more complex, formal vocabulary is best achieved by prioritizing meaning-decoding strategies that can be supplemented by sound decoding ones. To aid students in this task, they will learn more fully how to recognize the various levels of English (Germanic/French/Latin/Greek) as indicating levels of formality, and practice using that knowledge to guide them in more effective use of college-level dictionaries and thesauri, and in choosing appropriate diction to match task/audience/level of concreteness or abstraction.



     For students entering 5th-12th grades

Math fluency requires both understanding key concepts as well as applying them appropriately. This math sequence guides each student through the concepts, procedures and strategies that he or she needs to build success and confidence. The clinics are tailored to the individual needs of each student and provide assistance in mastering concrete and abstract problems. Each student will be given an initial informal assessement of math skills appropriate for their incoming grade level, and an individualized plan will be created, to address any existing gaps, consolidate key areas, and preview for the coming year, as time permits. Areas covered include math fact review, mutiples and factors, fraction and decimal operations, ratios and proportions, percents and conversions, exponents and roots, statistics and probability, geometry, and for older students, linear algebra, quadratic and exponential functions, logarithms, trigonometry, and the foundations of derivatives and integrals (pre-calculus/introductory calculus).

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