Advanced Reading & Writing (Grade 5/6/7th Grade)

This Classic Books’ Reading & Writing Workshop is designed for advanced writers and readers who would like to expand their critical reading and writing horizon. It covers specific writing and reading strategies which will build long term language and literature appreciation, interest and skills. The instructor has creatively incorporated “Reading, Writing, and Public Speaking” into the workshop for students to have an exciting and memorable enrichment experience.

Reading list: “Great Expectations,” “Oliver Twist,” “Tom Sawyer,” “To kill the mockingbird,” “Life of Pi,” Shakespeare’s and William Blake’s poems, and Novel of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin ” and other great classic reading. All of the readings and skills they learned from it will contribute to their future middle and high school standard tests: SOL, SHSAT (specialized high school admission test), PSAT, SAT. Our teachers help students develop interest in reading classics at younger age, and help them build up passion for learning English language and literature. It will be one of the best gifts in students’ life long learning journey: to read classics, and enjoy classics.   

<经典作品阅读写作课教学宗旨:为学生介绍著名的文学作品师通过游戏,讨论,让孩子们学习书中和诗中人物描写,故事情节,写作手法技巧:比喻,拟人,夸张,等等。为学生介绍不同程度的文学作品, 科学和历史读物. 让他们在读和写的过程中,提高对作品的理解力,想像力,和分析能力. 让他们了解并学习作者使用的写作方法和技巧. 阅读和分析作品的过程中,提高学生写作,赏和理解能力,时也为将来的高中英文学习和ACT,SAT等考试打好坚实的基础

<经典作品阅读写作班>的学生, 本学期表演了Charles Dickens名著Great Expectations 莎士比亚名著:Much Ado About Nothing获得家长们赞赏!学生在每周的阅读和写作,以及每周的课堂讨论,排练和表演过程中, 增加了他们对【著名文学作品】阅读的兴趣,提高了孩子们的理解能力,促进了孩子们的读书热情!每位学生都很喜欢老师的讲解,诠释!Each student commented: it is a fun learning class!  师精心安排的课程和活动博得大家的称赞一月份报名开始,每班人数限于10.  Please go to for registration!

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Instructor Ms. Courtney brings her excellent English language and literature background, and her years of experience in working with children to Oakton Academy. She loves Shakespeare’s work, and directs plays for the children as they learn Shakespeare’s work. She majored in English Creative Writing, and has had extensive experience working with advanced and gifted middle and high school students in George Mason University’s College Early Identification program (EIP), a program designed to promote promising college-bound students.

Ms. Courtney has been mentoring, tutoring and teaching to students from K – 12. Her master’s major is on Curriculum and Instruction. She is bringing her creative and unique teaching style to our classic reading and writing program.

Ms. Courtney also has years of experience working with the Girl Scouts of America, helping prepare young students for a successful future academically and professionally. She won the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She has also won a variety of academic awards, including the AP Scholar Award presented by the College Board. Ms. Courtney is excited to bring her passion for Literature, Language, and Education to Oakton Academy.

“Ms. Courtney: My daughter did not stop talking about how much she enjoyed your class today.  In fact, all the way home she read aloud the entire Act 1 with interpretation.  This is her first exposure to Shakespeare and she loves it.  Thanks for your teaching method to keep her engaged!” – from a parent (5/6th Grader)

“Ms. Courtney explained the play (Shakespeare’s) in a plane language and in an interesting way. The students’ understanding and receiving the information is far beyond my expectation. Appreciate the unique and creative English teaching and literature learning environment” – from a parent (7/8th Grader)

“I would like to thank Oakton Academy for including the grammar in the reading and writing class. My daughter did a few pages a week, and she improved a lot in her grammar. Thank you!” – from a parent (5/6th Grader)

“Ms. Courtney engaged my son to this classic reading class. I can’t imagine that he likes reading Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice,” “To Kill the Mockingbird,” and other famous books he read in this Classic Reading Class.” – from a parent of 6th grader 

“The final presentation is fantastic. I would give it a A++ class for younger kids’ reading. They learned in a fun way, in an enriched way, and the kids started to like reading….I would recommend it to any other students.” – from a parent of 5th grader who has taken the class since 4th grade. 

Instructor Ms. Sanda is currently teaching AAP programs in FCPS. She holds a Master degree of Education, which focuses on curriculum design, writing and teaching for K-8th Graders.  She has taught Creative and Persuasive Writing Classes in Arlington and Fairfax. For the past years, she developed stimulating and engaging content that promotes active learning and critical thinking for Oakton Academy students. She believes that the best way to learn is through experience, interaction with peers, and guidance from the educator. She is passionate about literary analysis, and loves classical literature. Her favorite Shakespeare play is “Hamlet,” and she loves the work of Ray Bradbury, Janet Frame, and Langston Hughes.

Ms. Sanda’s dedication to students, her passion for teaching, as well as her combination background of education, science, and writing adds to this vibrant and unique learning environment.

Comments from parents and students:

“I learned real professional writing strategy from Ms. Sanda.”

“It was fun to learn writing, because Ms. Sanda created writing and vocabulary games for us, which help us practice the method we have learned.”

“My son hardly likes any reading and writing class, but after his first trial class, he said he wanted to come back. I am glad this interesting and creative reading class attracts him.”

“The Summer Children’s Science & Writing Camp is the best we had so far,” said one parent. “We will definitely want to go back next summer. The kids learned science in such a fun way, and it is amazing to see how much they did reading within these two weeks (4 books). My son liked it so much and he asked us to pick him late every day! ”

Registration:  Registration

Contact: 571-354-7199,

Schedule: Reading/Writing: Sat 12 noon – 1:30 pm;  Public Speaking Class: Sat 11 am – 12 noon