Ms. Pont is a writing teacher and a college counselor. In addition to teaching writing courses at all levels, she has visited hundreds of universities around the world and has experienced much success guiding students through the college preparation and application process. She coaches students to achieve at the highest levels throughout their high school careers and helps prepare applications that allow students to stand out from their peers. Assisting students in writing authentic and compelling college essays is her specialty. In the past three years, she has helped students earn admission to Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Williams College, among other prestigious schools.
Ms. Pont received her BA in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her MFA in creative writing from Penn State University. She has taught AP English Language and Composition as well as AP English Literature and Composition; she has coached students on the verbal portions of the ACT and the SAT. Certified to teach ESOL, she has worked with international students from all over the world.
Ms. Pont has made a career of helping students meet their educational goals. She sets high standards for her students, and she finds the means for the students to meet those standards. Along the way, she does everything in her power to ensure that the students become self-aware and confident.
Course name: Mastering Reading and Writing, I and II by Ms. Pont
Grade: G5 - G9
Level Placement: Ms. Pont will review your writing sample to place you in Level 1 or Level 2
The goal of the course is to develop mastery in reading the most difficult English-language literature and in writing about it with eloquence and clarity. These two courses will allow students to study the English language closely, on a pathway to mastery of reading and writing. Students will read a variety of English-language texts - fiction, nonfiction, and poetry - and do close-reading analysis of those texts. They will examine plot, theme, character, tone, word usage, logical construction, inference, and audience consideration. After focused class discussion, students will write about their readings, commencing with paragraph-long responses, in which students craft topic sentences, learn to employ direct evidence in the form of quotations, and develop confidence as well as competence in their own logic. At the end of the second level, students will write a full, five-paragraph essay like those expected of students in US high schools, and they will be asked to think on an AP level.
Students will read in class and for homework. Here is a sampling of the authors they will read:
Zora Neale Hurston
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In the first level, students will focus on sentences and paragraphs, zeroing in on sentence-to-sentence connections and the development of sophisticated ideas. In the second level, students will learn to develop a full essay, establishing a broad thesis and fleshing out analysis through multiple paragraphs.
In both the first and the second level, students will learn and then reinforce the fundamentals of English grammar, mechanics, and punctuation. Note: these grammatical concepts will also apply to the ACT and SAT tests.
In Level I, students will gain mastery of:
- Sentence structure
- Paragraph structure
- Increase SAT / ACT scores
- Critical reading of a text-ability to assess and articulate theme and underlying meaning
In Level II, students will gain mastery of:
- Articulating higher-level thinning
- Establishing a thesis
- Developing a full argument
- Preparation for AP English + increase SAT / ACT scores
- Critical Reading of an AP-Level text
Level 2 Class time for Asia Students - All time is Beijing Time Zone
Session 1: February 23th, 20:00-21:00
Session 2: March 2nd, 20:00-21:00
Session 3: March 9th, 20:00-21:00
Session 4: March 16th, 20:00-21:00
Session 5: March 23th, 20:00-21:00
Session 6: March 30th, 20:00-21:00
Session 7: April 6th, 20:00-21:00
Session 8: April 13th, 20:00-21:00
Payment RMB 2088
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