Interdisciplinary STEM Writing Foundations
- Grades 3-5
Deepen your understanding of sentence structure, narrative voice, and storytelling to bring experiences to life on the page in this personal-essay course. Through 10 assignments, you will experiment with different essay forms to describe scenes, illustrate conflicts, narrate events, share memories, and extract meaning for yourself and your readers.
As you progress through the course and hone your personal essay writing skills, you will learn how to use your senses to create vivid descriptions, observe and choose details that convey your perspective to readers, imagine experiences and describe events from other peoples’ points of view, and unlock the power of revision by deconstructing essays and using them to create new works of writing. Through course work and feedback from your instructor, you will develop a better understanding of your strengths and challenges with the writing process and chart your growth as a writer.
Monday, Wednesday – 6-7 a.m. ET
Tuesday, Thursday – 7-8 p.m. ET
Time Commitment: 5-7 hours per week (2 hours class time, 3-5 hours independent work).
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Course PrerequisitesInterdisciplinary STEM Writing Foundations requires:
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students must purchase a headset with microphone. A microphone with an on/off switch is recommended.
This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.
Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but some assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.
This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.
About World Languages at CTY
Read, write, listen, and speak in Arabic, Chinese and Spanish! Our World Languages courses provide increasingly immersive learning environments designed to develop fluency. Hone your language skills through conversation practice, role playing, reading, writing, and literary and cultural knowledge. In addition, through our English Language Development courses you’ll enhance your English writing skills and build strong grammar and vocabulary in science, technology, engineering and math.
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Learn STEM writing
In our newly revised, ELA Common Core compliant Interdisciplinary STEM writing courses, students master the basics of writing while exploring their interests in STEM. Each week, students read and discuss a new STEM topic and learn a foundational element of the writing process. Through interactive live sessions with peers, real-world discussion topics, and scaffolded activities, students enhance their writing skills one step at a time.