Enrichment Courses

At Veritas Education, we are dedicated to preparing our students for a competitive world. This means that we offer our students the opportunity to grow not only academically, but also as a mature young adult who is able to think critically and write effectively.

We offer a unique series of core academic classes, blended with crucial student communication skills. Our goal is that every student will move forward, fully equipped for the next phase in their journey. 

Reading & Writing

Reading & Writing

Grades 3-11

"Some researchers estimate that children learn 1 new word for every 1,000 words read." Students who read 30 minutes or more a day will likely learn 13,700 new words just from reading alone! Students who read less than 15 minutes day would only learn about 1,500 new words. Reading is a foundation to writing, while writing reenforces reading.* At Veritas Education, we understand the importance of the two skill sets. 

Our Reading and Writing course is designed to run in parallel with regular in-school English instruction. The class will both focus on reinforcing the objectives of the students’ in-school classes, as well as preparing students for the SOL test, training students to communicate effectively, speak publicly, and think deeply in ways that may not be covered in the public school curriculum. Students will explore effective reading methodologies, discover their writing potential, and learn to compose logically structured and deep essays.

 

For 3rd grade level, students will focus on the following priorities:

  • Using knowledge of roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to determine the meaning of new words.

  • Discuss meanings of words and develop vocabulary by listening to and reading a variety of texts.

  • Identify the author’s purpose, main idea, and supporting details.

  • Write a clear topic sentence focusing on main idea.

  • Use past and present verb tense.

For 4th grade level, students will focus on the following priorities:

  • Develop and use general and specialized vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

  • Identify themes, genres, and the narrator of a text.

  • Use text features such as type, headings, and graphics, to predict and categorize information.

  • Use transition words and prepositional phrases for sentence variety.

  • Utilize elements of style, including word choice and sentence variation.

 

For 5th grade level, students will focus on the following priorities:

  • Orally express ideas clearly in pairs, diverse groups, and whole class settings.

  • Discuss the impact of setting on plot development and describe character development.

  • Differentiate between first and third person point-of-view.

  • Skim materials to develop a general overview of content and to locate specific information.

  • Clearly state a position including supporting reasons and evidence to persuade the intended audience.

 

For 6th grade level, students will focus on the following priorities:

  • Participate in collaborative discussions with partners building on others’ ideas.

  • Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.

  • Explain how an author uses character development to drive conflict and resolution.

  • Draw conclusions and make inferences based on explicit and implied information.

  • Write multiparagraph compositions with elaboration and unity.

For middle school students, the class will:

  • Focusing on crucial writing and reading strategies and core concepts. Covering real SOL questions and exercises. 

  • Cultivating student’s communication, presentation, self-reflection, and deep thinking skills.

  • Providing practical steps to reading precisely, and writing with both logic and depth.

 

For high school students, the class will:

  • Foster students’ critical reading, descriptive writing, and engaging presentation skills.  

  • Develop a mature young adult mindset through topics including Impression Management, Deep Thinking, Descriptive Writing, and Close Reading.

  • Instructor will provide individualized feedback to help students improve and achieve their reading/writing goals.

 

Our teachers accomplish this by encouraging students to approach texts as active readers, engaging with the material by asking questions, making connections, and breaking down readings into their main elements. This helps students to both better understand the meaning of the text, as well as understand how to use these elements to improve their own writing.

Hear what our students and parents are saying about this course! 

"Thank you very much for the feedback about Eric. And thanks also for your effort in teaching Eric the writing skills. I noticed that before the class, Eric wasn't interested in writing. He is now enjoying writing very much!"     Father of a 4th grade student

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