Designed for students who have completed Essays I, Summer Essays II introduces new essay forms. It is very easy to adapt the structure and skills learned in Essays I to any sort of writing, but sometimes a little guidance and feedback helps! The three additional essays (written with our usual three week cycle of invention, first draft, then final draft), will allow students to respond to an SAT essay prompt, then write two analytical essays. The goal is not to teach students every nuance of analytical essay-writing, but to show them how to easily adapt what they learned in the preceding year to write other kinds of essays.
We will also learn some additional figures of speech which are valuable to a reader or writer but are somewhat less common than those covered in Essays I: hyperbole, litotes, epanalepsis, antimetabole, oxymoron, and paradox.
The structure of the course will be identical to that of Essays I, but for only nine weeks over the summer. Should summer travel or other commitments interfere with some or even all of the live classes, students are welcome to keep up with the recordings.