Literary Criticism: Next Level Critical Reading and Writing - Pingry Summer
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Literary Criticism: Next Level Critical Reading and Writing

Basking Ridge
Rising Grades 6 - 8
Dates in Jul View All
Half Day
Signature Program
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$550/ week

Course Description

This High School writing class will foster the ability to craft an effective literary analysis essay from the ground up!

Literary analysis is a vital stage in the development of students’ critical thinking skills. From learning to annotate literature to writing complete literary analysis essays, this course presents an introduction to analyzing literature. Topics such as theme, irony, characterization, plot and conflict, symbolism, imagery, and more are discussed and explored using a variety of middle school level literature.

Students will participate in a series of mini-lessons, each with the goal of refining their ability to read deeply and carefully, think critically, and write clearly and effectively. The course will focus on close reading and analysis of literature, as well as the study of how various literary elements and techniques function within a text. Formal thesis essay writing will be taught in a step-by-step process, along with grammar and vocabulary, culminating in a well-crafted expository argument.

Students will receive and reflect on feedback throughout the course so that they may continually hone their skills; they will work both in group settings and individually to constantly increase their fluency and comfort with the writing process. Students will leave the course with a portfolio of their own polished pieces — and a wealth of materials to guide their future writing.


Weeks Times
July 11 – 15 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
July 18 – 22 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Camp Credentials

  • This course is run by a Pingry faculty member or adjunct teacher.


What to Expect

Enrichment. Advancement. Development. A Summertime Taste of Pingry’s Academics.

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