College instructors expect students to draw inferences, interpret results, analyze conflicting source documents, support arguments with evidence, solve complex problems that have no obvious answer, draw conclusions, offer explanations, conduct research, and generally think deeply about what they are being taught. (National Research Council, 2002)
Students have strong opinions and make arguments every day, yet they often struggle to provide concrete evidence from credible sources to validate their claims. High school graduates need to be prepared for the workloads and expectations of college classes, with the skills sought by employers, and able to participate in civic discourse. Skillful writing that raises awareness and employs a public voice will allow them to persuade, to entertain, to enrage, to engage, and to educate their audiences.
During this interactive 5-day program, students will explore ways of thinking and learning that prepare them for authentic, relevant, rigorous, and meaningful writing and reading opportunities and for writing high-quality, source-based arguments. Students will understand writing as a foundational key to academic success as they develop:
• the power of student voice • confidence to write effectively for multiple audiences
• writing terminology and academic language • strategies for exploring diverse viewpoints
• strong textual evidence and support analysis • audience-appropriate vocabulary
• enhanced critical thinking skills • annotation strategies for effective analysis
If we could institute only one change to make students more college ready, it should be to increase the amount and quality of writing students are expected to produce. (Educational Leadership, 2007)
15 hours of group instruction with a 12:1 student-teacher ratio
Cost is $300 (includes a $50 non-refundable processing fee). A sibling may register for $275. Eventbrite service fees apply.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Student must be an 11th or 12th grade high school student or college freshman in Fall 2019.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Transportation/directions and parking options (parking fee not included in registration) will be sent via USPS 10 days prior to the event. Further information about classroom location will be sent at this time.
What can I bring into the event?
You are welcome to bring your favorite writing materials, including a laptop computer or other hand-held device. A notebook with class materials will be provided.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30am-3:30pm • 858-534-2576 • email@example.com • http://sdawp.ucsd.edu/
What's the refund policy?
You must make a written request for a refund no later than June 11, 2018. The registration fee includes a non-refundable $50 processing fee. Contact the office for further details.