CRITICAL READING CIRCLES
Critical Reading Circles
Crafting Strong Analysis
Mastering the Essay
The Critical Reading Circles are designed to teach students critical reading and writing skills. In groups of 4 to 8, students discuss and analyze content-rich articles and brainstorm literary essays.
Students practice critical thinking and independent writing alongside their peers, with the guidance of expert teachers who provide immediate feedback on student work.
Through Critical Reading Circles, students build confidence in their reading and writing skills that they can use both in school and for future admissions exams.
The Writing Circles are designed to teach students to become confident and skilled writers. In groups of 4 to 8, students brainstorm essays using essay prompts and revise their work together.
With group brainstorming, students are exposed to the different viewpoints of their peers, expanding their perspectives on the prompt at hand.
With group revision, students receive grammar lessons and activities that allow them to understand grammar concepts for future use.
Through Writing Circles, students develop motivation, confidence, and valuable essay-writing skills, giving them a key edge for future high school and college admissions.
The Vocabulary Circles are designed to teach students to build stronger vocabularies and improve their reading and writing skills. It is ideal for students who struggle with reading comprehension.
In groups of 4 to 8, students build their vocabulary and master strategies for deciphering tough words.
With weekly vocabulary lessons and quizzes, expert teachers guide students to build effective study habits and monitor student progress.
Through Vocabulary Circles, students dramatically expand their vocabulary knowledge and build the confidence to tackle new and challenging reading material.
With the English and Language Arts (ELA) Circles, we guide students to become more effective writers and speakers. Our expert teachers guide students with key strategies, proven materials, and clear objectives to lead them to success.
Students learn to complete assignments within time constraints, giving them an edge in their school classroom and on future admission exams.
All students are taught by dedicated teachers with professional degrees and extensive training in MEK methods.
Students receive immediate feedback on their classwork and homework, allowing them to reflect on their challenges while they are still fresh in their minds.
Students read famous short stories and use content-rich materials across genres to increase critical thinking and broaden literary horizons.
In small peer groups, students learn collaboratively, learning from not only their mistakes and challenges, but also those of others.
Students evolve into strong, engaged learners with increased comprehension abilities, allowing them to participate actively in the classroom.
During Fall 2020, students will meet once a week for 90 minutes through live virtual sessions.
All students who have not been enrolled in the MEK Labs since March 2020 are required to take a reading and writing evaluation to assess student skill level. After the evaluation, the MEK Counseling Team will recommend which ELA Circle is best for the student.
The ELA Circles have a primary focus of learning how to read, discuss, and analyze nonfiction and fiction texts at grade level. They are geared toward the literary essay and analysis.
On the other hand, Non-Fiction Reading is taught at a higher level than the ELA Circles, and are only for students who score 80% or higher on the reading evaluation. This course focuses on non-fiction articles and topics, and students learn research and presentation skills, in addition to discussion and analysis.
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