Posts about English

May 23, 2018

Summer Spotlight: The Eighties: A Dystopian Decade

Whether or not you’ve ever heard of Night Rider, Space Invaders, or the game console Atari, our summer English Enrichment summer course, The Eighties: A Dystopian Decade, will get you excited about the 1980s. This course will explore the notion of dystopia through the fictional world of Ready Player One, the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline and 2017 movie by Stephen Spielberg. For students entering grades 5–8, the camp will help improve their critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them for middle and high school.

We spoke with English Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Sharp about his gnarly summer course and the decade it focuses on. Read Mr. Sharp’s full bio here.

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March 1, 2018

Summer Spotlight: English Enrichment: Social Justice

We’re kicking off our Summer Spotlight series with one of our English Enrichment camps, Social Justice: A Reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates, which was developed and is taught by our all-star English Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Sharp. Read his full bio here.

In Social Justice: A Reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates, students entering grades 8–12 will explore social justice in America as they study social changes from the 1960’s and up through present day. This course will examine various essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the comic book superhero Black Panther. Along with the historical and literary focus, instruction will aim to improve students’ grammar, writing, critical reading, and note-taking skills. This course is designed to help students improve their critical thinking and writing skills to prepare for the SAT, AP exams, and college-level coursework. 

This week-long, half-day course will run July 16–20 and July 23–27. Students may take both weeks, but are not required to.

We spoke with Mr. Sharp to get a sneak peek into what students can expect:

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February 16, 2018

Top 5 FAQs About BASIS Independent Summer

Though we’re still in the throes of winter, here at BASIS Independent McLean we are ready for summer! Over a four-week period in the summertime, BASIS Independent Summer offers 10 full- and half-day camps for boys and girls from PreK to grade 12. We sat down with Director of Auxiliary Programs Mike Anderson, who runs the summer program, to answer the five most frequently asked questions.

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February 2, 2018

Teacher Spotlight: College Counselor and English Subject Expert Teacher Kate Irving

It’s hard to know where to start when we sit down with College Counselor and English Subject Expert Teacher Ms. Irving because she has experience with every division at BASIS Independent McLean! She is one of two college counselors here, she teaches English to grade 6 and 8 students, and she has a son attending the school. She loves working with students of many ages and stages.

We sat down with Ms. Irving to learn about her passions for Shakespeare, teaching, and helping high school students find their best fit college. Read her full bio here.

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