Summer Session

Rising Grades 9+

Course Description

List of 4 items.

  • The Art of the Personal Essay

    Rising Grade 11 and 12 students in the Art of the Personal Essay work collaboratively and independently to play with the possible forms, focus and key features of personal essay writing. By interviewing peers, exploring a range of essays from periodicals and anthologies, playing with digital enhancements and simply chatting with teachers and friends, students consider new possibilities for their own self-reflection and stories.

    Over the course of the week, students write three short drafts of personal essays, work with teachers to revise their work through written feedback and conferences and experiment with supporting their writing through visual communication. On the final day, students read their final essays for snaps and praise. A representative of Baldwin’s College Counseling department will have the opportunity to hear many of the essays and will speak to students about how their personal essay writing could serve as a springboard for the common application essay they will write prior to their senior year.

    Taught by English Department Chair Melissa Sullivan and Upper School Teacher Daniel Benjamin
    Weeks Offered: July 12 - 16, 19 - 23, 26 - 30
  • Monster of the Week

    “Monster of the Week” brings students into the world of roleplaying games, a form of collective storytelling through games. Employing an easy to learn set of rules, students will develop unique characters to role play and face imaginative challenges whose outcome depends on the roll of the dice. Students will play the game as a group and then work on their own on creative writing projects inspired by the events of that day’s gaming session. We will share stories, collaborate and learn valuable writing techniques for creative fiction as well as narrative writing used in History classes.

    Taught by History Department Chair Matthew Bunn
    Weeks Offered: July 12 - 16, 19 - 23
    Materials Fee: $0
  • Lights, Camera, Action!

    How does an idea become a real movie? We'll follow the process of a Hollywood production, as we create our own film masterpieces! We'll learn camera techniques, lighting, script-writing, acting for film and editing, as we take our ideas from concept to completion. Whether your interest is behind or in front of the camera, your creativity will come to life on the screen! This year's campers will also create a camp newscast with features, sports and weather.

    Taught by Drama Teacher Scott Warfel
    Week Offered: July 19 - 23
    Materials Fee: $0
  • History, But Make it Fashion

    Why did men use to wear powdered wigs? Where do high heels come from? Why did Yankee Doodle stick a feather in his cap and call it “macaroni?” If you are curious about the history of modern fashion, then this class is for you! Together, we will explore fashions from around the world, both past and present. Blending art and global history, you will also create your own original fashion designs based on trends and tastes from the past.

    Taught by Upper School History Teacher Marian Smith
    Weeks Offered: July 26 - 30
    Materials Fee: $20