Communication-Writing Camps

Short Story and Animation, G5-7 (7/13-7/17)

Participants will learn about the story components, such as the plot, character, setting, and conflict.  Applying what they have learned, they will create a short story and tell it in front of an audience using an animation as a visual.  Through creation of an animation, their visualization for character development and critical thinking for a logical plot would be strengthened.  Team work, discussions, and peer reviews will help each student hone their skills to engage the audience by using various tones of voice, expression, and body language.

Speech Writing & Public Speaking, G5-7 (7/20-7/24)

The camp curriculum introduces students to the tips of effective public speaking.  Students will choose a topic and become his/her own speech writer.  Lessons and activities are designed to train children to become observant, build confidence for speaking in public, and apply the basic speaking skills through practice.

Research & Media Presentation G8-9 (7/27-7/31)

Students will be guided to conduct a research project to answer a question or solve a problem.  They will learn to narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate and synthesize multiple sources on the subject.  In the process, they will hone their skills to use advanced search effectively, assess the usefulness of the source, and to integrate the information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas.  Effectively integrating technology as tool for research and communicating ideas is another essential component of the camp.  Students will be introduced and coached to use different software and channels for presentation.

Expository Writing and Media Presentation (8/3-8/7)

Students will research a topic of their choice and in the process they will learn essential research skills, such as, note taking, using graphic organizers, and producing summaries.  Based on their research, they will then create a slide project and give a 3-5 minute oral presentation.

The Persuasive Power of Commercials (8/10-8/14)

This is a course integrating writing and public speaking skills.  Through creation of a commercial, students will learn relevant persuasive writing skills, such as exercising word choice, analyzing audience, and presenting supportive reasons.  After completing their writing, students will be guided to deliver the commercial.  Through the delivery, students will learn how to control voice tones, use body language, and build confidence against stage flight.