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Harrison Students Sharpen Skills in Summer Writing

HARRISON, N.Y. - Students of the Harrison Central School District took their summer leisure time to the next level last week when they met at Louis M. Klein Middle School to practice their writing. The school hosted the sixth annual Summer Writers' Institute and College Essay Writing Workshop from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5 its popularity continues to explode.

Middle school and high school students analyzed the craft of creative writing by working with middle school and high school teachers. Area students explored personal narratives, suspense writing, poetry, and descriptive storytelling with the use of digital photography.

Close to 45 incoming seniors along with motivated juniors also spent the week working on essays for college applications. Several drafts were completed and teachers Gary Glauber and Keith Johnson were on standby to provide positive reinforcement and constructive criticism.

The opportunity came to Harrison seniors as the formal college essays continue to become shorter in length and more difficult by nature. One example is from the University of Pennsylvania. The question posed was, “If you write your 400-page autobiography, tell me what is on page 217.”

In other programs, the SAT/ACT Summer Academy, held July 11 to July 22 and July 25 to Aug. 5, allowed students to participate in 10 sessions designed to focus on developing test taking skill by providing strategies to answer the types of questions found on the test. Students received instruction in mathematics, reading and writing, practiced skills and test strategies, and took actual SAT/ACT exams.

Harrison High School students also had the opportunity to participate in the Pre- Advanced Placement Summer Academy held July 11 to July 25. The Academy is designed to develop the strategies and tools necessary to engage in active, high-level learning commensurate with success in AP courses.

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