• Learning the components of a story (genre, characterization, etc)

  • Learning how to close read difficult texts, fundamental to the literary canon

  • Develop understanding of literary devices and figurative language

  • Increase the difficulty of each element as readers

Learning Outcomes

  • Able to make arguments

  • Develop their close reading skills

  • Able to make connections between texts and literary periods

  • Understand the connection between reading and writing

  • Have ideas about how to write an academic essay, put together articulate arguments based on the close reading of passages 

  • Prepared for high school academic reading assignments


  • “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare

  • Romantic poetry and prose

  • 18th century children’s literature, A Christmas Carol by Oscar Wilde

  • 20th century American literature, Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

  • Classic literature, Aristotle: “Poetics”

  • Contemporary Teen Fiction, The Hunger Games


  • Novel study (make literary connections)

  • Close readings

  • Participation (ability to articulate ideas in English)

  • Verbal response questions



  • Learning and master the process of writing

  • Understand the differences between english literary periods

  • Understand epic poetry (repetition, enjambment, and translation)

  • ​Understand Oration

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to write academic essays with topic sentences, transitional phrases, thesis statements, proper introductions, parenthetical citations, etc)

  • Independently plan for essay writing (acknowledging process and organization)

  • Bridge essay ideas and topic sentences with better understanding of different literary contexts

  • Talk about British Imperialism, and inform them as readers and writers


  • Beowulf, Translated by Seamus Heaney

  • Winston Churchill’s Speech to Parliament on June 4th, 1940

  • William Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet 

  • Oscar Wilde’s, “The Happy Prince”

  • George Orwell’s political discourse


  • Write an essay regarding political discourse

  • Write an essay on, “The Gift of the Magi” (with thesis statement in mind)

  • Proofread, and polish an essay

  • Write a complete, 5 paragraph essay

SSAT Basic

Course Introduction

        The SSAT Basic course is for all G5-G8 students who are ready to participate in the SSAT Middle/Upper Level intensive training, as well as students who plan to apply for the IB Program, North American private schools, or improve their English Report Card scores at school.


        Our high-density, fully immersive SSAT basic course comes 40 hours in total, 2 hours each session. It helps students quickly complete the transition from SSAT basic phase to intermediate phase. The course materials are the official SSAT questions and the teaching content were independently developed by Sister Sophie

Course Outline

Unit 1:

Sentence logic and vocabulary accuracy training

Part of speech learning

sentence structure & main clause

Summary + test 1 + feedback

Unit 2:

Practices of using learned vocabularies and sentence sturctures

Integrated practices

Summary + test 2 + feedback

Unit 3:

Learning reading structures and techniques

Vocabulary for reading tests

Summary + test 3 + feedback

Final Test (Sentence completion*2; passages*4)

SSAT Intermediate

Course Introduction

The SSAT Intermediate course is divided into two levels, Middle Level for G5-G7, and Upper Level for G7-8, to prepare students for the SSAT exam in fall and IB Program study. It is also suitable for students who want to improve their English Report Card scores, and who want to develop critical thinking and academic accuracy.

Middle Level Outline

Unit 1: Sentence & Vocabulary

  • Sentence completion and vocabulary analysis

  • Meaning of the sentence and advanced vocabularies

  • 1st simulated test

Unit 2: Basic readings and analogy

  • Must-known passage structures and typical questions

  • Typical analogy questions and exercises

  • 2nd simulated test

Unit 3: Intensified reading and analogy

  • Intensified reading and analogy practices

  • ​3rd & 4th simulated test

Middle Level Outline

Unit 1: Core Vocabulary

  • Distinguish and analysis advanced vocabulary and sentence completion

  • Must-know passage structures

  • 1st simulated test

Unit 2: Analogy

  • Typical analogy questions and exercises

  • 2nd simulated test

Unit 3: Reading and Synonym

  • Intensified close-reading exercises

  • 3rd & 4th simulated test

SSAT Sprint

Course Introduction

        The SSAT Sprint course is divided into two levels, the intermediate level is for G5-G7, and the upper level is for G7-8, which is the next stage of the intermediate course. The main purpose of this course is to allow students to improve their close reading ability, and also improve the speed, accuracy in the SSAT exam. It is suitable for students who want to achieve high scores in a short time.

        The sprint course is 20 hours in 1 month as a term. There are 4 hours for two classes per week. Students will train through plenty of simulated test questions, they will have a clearer view on vocabulary, reading  and writing questions and be ready for the real test.