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Reading Like Writers Writing Like Readers

Short Hills
Rising Grades 1-2
Dates in Jun, Jul, Aug
Half Day, AM
Signature Program
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$775 / Week

Course at a Glance

Based upon the Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop format, this week will be devoted to first and second grade readers and writers who will be developing their growing skills for reading and writing, learning about its power and purpose. This week, students will be exposed to reading fairy tales, fables, tall tales, and legends and understanding the similarities and differences between them. They will get ideas for ways to structure their own writing and write a folk tale of their own. 


The writing session will coincide with the reading unit. This week, the students will be writing their own folk tales. They will learn how to write a make-believe story using elements of magic, talking animals, and/or a story which may include a moral or a lesson. This week will allow them a unique experience to develop informed theories about how folk tales are written. While reading folk tales, they will continue to learn to develop their stamina, fluency, and comprehension. Each day, students will participate in reading and writing mini-lessons, have time to read and write independently, engage in one-on-one conferences with the teacher, and receive individualized instruction. They will learn to deepen their reading comprehension and lift the level of their own writing through the use of a variety of literacy skills, strategies, tools, and mentor texts.


  • Students will read with purpose and understanding.
  • Students will read with independence.
  • Students will read with accuracy and fluency.
  • Students will use thinking stems to generate thinking before, during, and after reading.
  • Students follow a timeline of events that happen to the characters in their stories.
  • Students will recognize when they are having difficulty in figuring out a word.
    • They will apply word attack strategies where appropriate
    • They will expand on sight words to increase fluency
    • They will fix their reading if and when they make mistakes



  • Writers will see themselves as authors of folk tales.
  • Writers make lists of people, places, and things to help generate what they wish to include in their folk tale. 
  • Writers will be able to write with increased stamina.
  • Writers will experience the writing process; Collecting, Rehearsing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing, Celebrating 


Dates Times Session Description
June 26 – June 30 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Folk Tales: Fairy Tales, Fables, Tall Tales, and Legends!
July 10 – July 14 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Reading Memoirs and Writing Big About Small Moments
July 17 – July 21 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Fiction: Thinking and Caring about the Characters We Love and Writing Fiction Stories and Thinking Big!
July 24 – July 28 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Reading of Nonfiction & How To Writing
July 30 – August 4 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Favorite Authors Study: Getting to Know Their Books Really Well



Our intercampus shuttle is available if your camper needs to re-locate to another campus.


What to Expect

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

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