A Typical Summer Day
Each day at Summer Ink, campers participate in engaging experiences, both new and less familiar. Writing about these experiences is the thread that ties each day together.
Students arrive, make a circle
After completing a brief individual skill exercise, students volunteer to read from their journals. The lead teacher then teaches a writing lesson on verbs.
Fencing and writing
Campers work with a guest fencer to learn different fencing skills and moves. Each camper practices these moves with the group and then fences with other campers. After fencing, campers write about a particular moment when they felt challenged while fencing.Read about Sydney’s moment during Fencing
Writing groups, computer lab
Writing instructors conference with individual campers while the other campers get out their writing folders and look over comments on their last drafts. They strategize about how to meet their publishing deadlines, and with laptops open they focus intently on developing this draft of their polished piece.
Basketball and writing
Campers develop their basketball abilities through drills and practice. Then they apply these skills while playing a full game on the court. Afterwards they write about one moment of action from the game, describing it in slow motion. Read about Jessica’s moment during Basketball
Students share their writing and get feedback on how their writing and use of particular skills impacts the audience. After wrapping up loose ends from the day, the lead teacher dismisses campers.