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COURSE DESCRIPTION: ENGLISH AND READING

(Gateway Academic Program – Summer Camp 2012) 

LIST OF MAJOR TOPICS FOR THE EIGHT-WEEK SEESION 

1. Parts of Speech 

1.1. Nouns 

1.2. Pronouns 

1.3. Verbs 

1.4. Adverbs 

1.5. Adjectives 

1.6. Conjunctions 

1.7. Prepositions 

1.8. Verbals 

2. Four Basic Types of English Sentences 

2.1. Simple 

2.2. Compound 

2.3. Complex 

2.4. Compound-complex 

3. Active versus Passive Voice in Writing 

4. Punctuation 

4.1. Period 

4.2. Comma 

4.3. Quotation Marks 

4.4. Question Mark 

4.5. Parenthesis 

4.6. Dash 

4.7. Exclamation Point 

5. Capitalization 

6. Combining the four types of sentences into unified paragraphs with topic sentences, supporting details, etc. 

7. Combining related paragraphs into “mini-essays” 

8. Vocabulary 

8.1. Roots 

8.2. Prefixes 

8.3. Suffixes 

8.4. Negative words 

8.5. Positive words 

8.6. Synonym vs. Antonyms 

8.7. 100 STEM words 

8.8. 100 PSAT words 

8.9. 100 SAT words 

9. Advertisement 

10. Signal Words in Sentences and paragraphs 

11. Type of Paragraphs and Their Key Signal Words 

11.1. Comparison – contrast 

11.2. Cause – effect 

11.3. Sequence 

11.4. Definition 

11.5. Classification 

11.6. Process 

11.7. Enumeration 

11.8. Transition 

11.9. Conclusion 

11.10. Introduction 

12. Types of writing 

12.1. Newspapers 

12.2. Advertisements 

12.3. Classics 

12.4. Non-fiction, e.g., history, biology, politics, sports, etc. 

12.5. Fiction, e.g., stories, novels, poetry, drama, etc. 

12.6. Propaganda 

13. Outlining 

13.1. Numeric 

13.2. Traditional English 

13.3. Legal 

14. Use of References 

15. Fill-in-the blanks for vocabulary practice and logical analysis 

16. Rearranging scrambled paragraphs into a logical order 

17. Keeping a journal or diary of the summer’s activities in which to practice the new and “refreshed” English and reading skills 

18. Some advice and counsel on writing style and opportunities to practice 

19. Other skills as needed 

20. Practice, practice, practice