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Reading & Writing

Graphic Novels & Diary Writing

A graphic novel uses images—often in a comic strip style—to tell a story. With pictures or illustrations and a lot less text, graphic novels help kids practice reading and build positive associations with books.

When students are engaged in a text, they will most likely have more self-efficacy for writing. In other words, they are more motivated to produce their own writing and not being afraid of make mistakes.

This is the design rationale behind our Graphic Novel and Diary Writing courses. The goal is to teach our student proper writing conventions, grammar and use of collocations in a stress-free setting, where students of younger age enjoy their favorite Graphic novels while they write. Students also improve their writing skills in the areas of sequencing, plot, and character development.

Close Reading of Classics

Close Reading of the Classics is a reading and writing program based on classic novels for grade 3 to grade 9 students. The class is taught jointly by two teachers on alternating weeks, with one teacher being responsible for leading the literary appreciation of classics, and the other focusing on the writing of summary, book report, and other types of responses.

Students are expected to submit a piece of writing as their homework after each class, and their draft will be reviewed and commented by ANEE’s teacher. Peer review and self-edit is also included in the writing process.

Our reading list features Newberry Medal and Honor Books and New York Times Best Sellers.

Click on the following video for snapshot of our classes, and sample student writing together with comments from the teacher.

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