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English: Essay Development 
2023 - 2024

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Our 2023 - 2024 year-long English course is a writing intensive that will focus on essay development.  The purpose of this course is to help students with the following:

-increase comfort with writing.

-place less emphasis on formulaic writing.

-learn to develop their own structures in writing.

-further develop written creativity.

-learn what writing processes work best for them individually.

-demystify some of the written rules of the English language.

-develop better written organizational skills.

-learn how to find and correct their own mistakes.

-use clarity and logic in writing.

-learn how to identify literary strategies and structures in literature and essays.

-incorporate research, including how to cite sources.

-become familiar with MLA style.

-avoid plagiarism. 

*As a fun, end of year project, we usually read one Shakespeare play.  Our students love to critique, dissect, edit, and even perform a scene or two, just for fun.  While this project is not essay writing, it is a class tradition that our students love and look forward to every year.

Target Student Age:

13 - 16 years old.  Older students are welcome; younger students will not be admitted.  Please note, this course is for academically advanced students who can handle the rigors of advanced reading material, research projects, writing assignments, and mature classroom discussions.  


Prerequisites:  Students should:

-be able to write independently when given a topic in class.  

-already have written some essays, even if they are short.

-understand how to write a thesis statement.

-have a good grasp of grammar.

-be able to handle extensive reading assignments.

-feel comfortable sharing their ideas and their writing in a class setting.

Where and When:

North Michigan Park, D.C.

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:00

Mid September to the end of May


How many students per class:

This class is intended for approximately 8 - 10 students. 


This course is taught by City Kids' founder, Dr. Stacey Cohen 

To register, please contact us at

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