6-8th Grade Advanced Reading & Writing

Welcome to Oakton Academy Virtual Learning! Per parents’ request, we added a new schedule for 7/8th graders who want to read more classic books. Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8 pm. Happy learning and happy reading!

The Classic Reading & Writing 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.

Books include: Great Expectations,” “Tom Sawyer,” “To kill the mockingbird,” “Grapes of Wrath,” ” The Call of the Wild, ” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin “ and Shakespeare’s work. All of the readings and skills they learned from it will contribute to their future middle and high school standard tests: TJ test, SOL test, and future HS PSAT, SAT tests. *Please note that each semester, the book list will be different, please contact the office for the current semester’s book list. 

We also cover some biographies such as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Curie; or Shakespeare’s play “As you like it,” or Allen Hammond’s “A passion to know twenty profits in science.”


教学宗旨是: 为上初中的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. 在阅读和分析作品的过程中, 提高学生写作, 欣赏和理解能力, 同时也为将来的高中英文学习和SAT考试打好坚实的基础。SAT考试部分”批判性阅读 – Critical Reading”就是从小学,初中开始训练出来的。

“经典作品阅读写作班”:  增加他们对【著名文学作品】阅读的兴趣,提高孩子们的理解能力,促进孩子们的读书热情!每位学生都很喜欢Jen老师的讲解,诠释!Each student commented: it is a fun learning class!  老师精心安排的课程和活动博得大家的称赞!  www.oaktonacademy.com.

Contact: (571) 354-7199; or [email protected]

Comments from students and parents:

My child likes the class a lot. First, the book list is attractive. Usually, kids at this age wouldn’t think of reading the classic books and parents might also think that they are too advanced (or boring) for them. However, the teacher prepared my child very well and he actually enjoys reading these books. Ms. Jen is very knowledgeable about the books and their writers, especially the writing techniques. She explains the background of the books and the writers’ life so that the kids can better understand the books and why the writers wrote in certain ways. – from a current student’s parent  (5/6th Grade) 

“The class environment is active and warm. Ms. Jen is very kind and patient. She encourages the kids to communicate their thoughts about the books, sometimes even negative feelings. She didn’t try to sugarcoat but explain in detail why it’s like that in the book. 
My child really enjoys reading the books and discussing them with Ms. Jen and his classmates. Overall, the class is very informative and also enjoyable. I can’t believe that my 9-year-old finishes reading “Animal Farm” and talking with me about his observations and thoughts.  – from a current parent (5/6th grade) 

“The teacher is very knowledgeable on each classic book. My daughter Teresa learned Shakespeare’s drama on the first day, and on the way driving back, she kept on telling me about the story. The class also had a play performance on the 4th week, which engaged them into the novel. My daughter hardly read classics before. But now she began to like reading it. We love the program so much, and would like to recommend it to anyone at this age .”   – from a parent (2020 Spring class)

“The teacher  has planned a lot of activities, discussion, writing, reciting, acting for her class. My son likes it a lot.”  – from a  parent (2020 Spring Class) 

“We came here and tried one class, we decided to sign up. Ms. Holly’s class is interesting, that’s what my son told me.”   from a parent (2019 Fall) 

“My daughter would not pick a classic book before. But after taking this Reading & Writing class, she said she began to like to read classics. The Classic Reading Class opens the window to students, who get introduced and exposed to literature. We very much appreciate the Reading Program offered at Oakton Academy.”  – from a parent  (2019 fall) 

“My son hardly likes any English class, after his first trial in Oakton, he asked me to sign him up. I am very happy that he likes this fun reading class and the teacher.” – from a parent (2019 fall) 

“My two children are in 5th grade and 7th grader, both of them like the teacher and enjoy the unique, interesting, creative learning environment. They actually reflect in their biography writing homework, and they also like the inspirational Biography readings in this class. We would definitely want to come back next semester.”  – from a parent  (2017)

“My son began to write journals a few times a week, that’s the best we get out of the class.” a parent (2017 Spring)

“The small class size allows my daughter to participate the classroom discussion. She said she feels more comfortable and confident to speak in the class.” a 5th grader’s parent (2017 Spring)

“The beauty of the class is the teacher is so passionate about teaching. The teacher always prepares so much for the class.  On the last day of class, it is amazing to see that each student was asking her to teach for the next semester. We are very impressed by the educational product: it makes our kids want to come and want to learn.”  from a parent (2016 Spring) 

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