Literary Analysis 101

Literary Analysis 101


This purpose-built, intensive writing seminar will equip students with skills for success in their high school English and history classes—and wherever else analytical writing is required. Graduating from the realm of “middle school thinking” (simple summary and plot description), young writers often experience significant cognitive demands when asked to perform “high school thinking” (critical analysis, interpretation, and argument). In each of the five meetings, students will read and discuss short stories and essays, strengthen annotation strategies, and implement a proven framework for analytical paragraphing. Receiving professional editing in the form of one-on-one conferencing and written feedback, students will emerge from the seminar confident in their ability to compose analytical paragraphs.

Eligibility: Rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders (high school classes of 2023, 2022, and 2021)

Scheduling: Weekdays in summer 2019

Location: All sessions will be held at Cathedral School for Boys, located at 1275 Sacramento Street in San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood.

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