ARK Institute of Learning
Summer Classes 2019
Join ARK Institute of Learning this summer for some small group classes,
designed by ARK instructors to give students a head start on the new school year,
keep their skills fresh, and learn ARK strategies to help during a lifetime of learning.
College Application Essay Writing
June 25, 26, and 27 from 10am-12pm
$90 per optional 1-hours independent session in July to edit for final essay submission
This class will focus on tools and strategies to write a great college essay from inception to first draft. The three, 2-hour classes are followed by optional individual 1-hour appointments. This class is taught by Jeane Hanigan, who teaches college application essay writing, as well as AP Language and Composition and English at Bellarmine Preparatory School.
Harry Potter Book Club
Thursdays from 1-2:30pm
June 27, July 11, 18, 25, and Aug. 1, 8, 15
Students will learn and utilize ARK strategies as they read and/or listen to J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book, The Sorcerer’s Stone. To help with the reading process, students will adopt an interactive reading approach. Students will create a character map, build a visual map of the setting, and develop a list of new and unusual words. As the students read, they will create picture notes to help with comprehension. Other activities include making magic potions, creating their own wand, and dabbling in a magical cooking adventure.
High School (grades 9-12)
July 8-12 from 10am -12:30pm
Middle School (grades 6-8)
July 15-19 from 10am-12:30pm
Students will learn how to apply ARK strategies and build executive function skills to help promote academic success. Executive function skills are the mental processes that enable students to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. The brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses. This class is designed to help students learn and manage their multiple classes. Topics include: time management, organization, note taking, textbook reading comprehension, incorporating technology into comprehension, and how to study for a test.
Beginning Writing Structures
Grades 3 & 4
July 22-26 from 10am-12:30pm
Students will learn beginning writing structure skills. Students will use ARK’s Word Shapes to build sentences and understand the relationship of parts of speech and sentence structure. Instruction will also focus on creating simple sentences, combining them into compound sentences, and incorporating proper punctuation.
Understanding and Writing an Essay
July 23, 24, 30, 31, Aug. 6, 7 from 1-2:30pm
Students will learn ARK strategies that will focus on creating academic essays by using a five paragraph essay format. Before the development of an essay, students need to grasp the concept of a good paragraph. The class includes an overview of intermediate grammar and quotations, creating strong thesis statements and arguments, and editing the final essay.
Middle School Math Skills
July 29-Aug. 2 from 10am-12:30pm
Many middle schoolers struggle with foundational math skills, so they fall behind and become frustrated. ARK instructors have designed a class where students will work to solidify some of their foundational skills by using ARK strategies in the areas of: order of operations, fractions, decimals, percentages, and ratios, as well as equations and inequalities. All of this work will culminate in the introduction of a hands-on approach to understanding the basic concepts of algebra.
High School Math – What are Functions?
Aug. 5-9 from 10am-12:30pm
Math is one of the most powerful tools for solving problems humanity has at its disposal, yet most students finish high school with little to no desire to use math, even if they are technically proficient with it. This class will help students discover the power math has to help them solve problems in their everyday lives by incorporating ARK strategies. Students will make predictions, draw connections, and break down complex problems into easily manageable pieces. Armed with the power of a deep understanding of functions, students will be prepared to tackle not only higher level math courses, but many of modern life’s most challenging problems.