workshop

Grades (9-10)

As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Here at LTWN, we pass these words along to encourage our students and show them that we will always meet them where they are at and push them to test the boundaries of their ambitions. Through our Honors and Pre-AP English classes, we adapt to your child’s skill levels, building them up to become an adept reader and writer.

This comprehensive and immersive semester-long program gives your child a head start to excel in Honors/Pre-AP-level English classes in high school. They practice analyzing texts, in both fiction and nonfiction, for literary devices, theme, rhetoric and argument. They also answer AP-level multiple choice questions and learn to construct their very own AP-level essays. Your child will also receive a weekly mini-lesson to help them build healthy test-taking and study habits outside of class. Each lesson, inside and outside of class, will help your child engage with their faculties for critical thinking, which gives their aptitude for analysis a boost, as well as helps them become more economical test-takers. 

Your child has the choice of partaking in the workshop for the Fall Semester (September—December), the Winter/Spring Semester (January—May), or the Summer Semester (June—July), with classes for Grades (9-10). We hold our weekly classes synchronously and remotely, with each lesson lasting for 75 minutes. Our experienced instructors give your child the space to participate in a captivating and differentiated approach to pedagogy—a dynamism frequently absent from traditional and larger class models. Every classroom is based on equity, meaning that students get equal amounts of engagement and individualized feedback, made possible by our small class sizes—every cohort being topped off at 10 students. Even more, the thoughtful written feedback our teachers provide every week ensures that your child is building even stronger reading and writing skills.

While your child gains the necessary knowledge to succeed in advanced high school literature classes, they, more importantly, build the confidence needed to read with purpose, while participating in rigorous and democratic class discussions. Your child’s exposure to Honors/AP-level classes provides them the tools to read passages critically and articulate ideas clearly. The practice of crafting their own argument also proves useful in enhancing their logic and communication abilities, which university-level courses demand. In addition, your child will undergo a process of self-discovery, coming to an understanding about the kinds of texts that hold their interest, and how they can translate this eagerness to aid them in topics they struggle with. 

This class is the perfect first-step for your child to become a college-ready reader—with the second step being our AP English Language Class for Grades (11-12). We are eager to help your child not only tackle the AP test someday, but also grow their propensity for the vast and diverse world of literature.