2017 Summer Institutes

Reserve a seat in these popular summer programs offered in 2017.

A $50.00 non-refundable application fee (includes materials and supplies) is required for each summer applicant. Text books (if applicable) are not covered in the application fee. A Personal Admissions Interview is not conducted for our summer programs. Your tuition payment reserves your child's seat. A cancellation two months prior to the start of the program is 100% refundable; one month prior to the start of the program is 50% refundable; less than one month prior to start of program -- sorry, no tuition refund. Mahalo.

Supervised snack time for students enrolled in back-to-back institutes will be provided. Classrooms are equipped with restroom facilities for children. Courses are repeatable as each Institute is dynamic and unique each time it is presented.

Register: Session: Cost:
Does *not* include taxes
Any One Institute 8:30-10:30 &/or 11:00-1:00 $350.00 each 
Any Two Institutes 8:30-10:30 &/or 11:00-1:00 $325.00 each 
Any Three or Four Institutes 8:30-10:30 &/or 11:00-1:00 $300.00 each 
Any Five or Six Institutes 8:30-10:30 &/or 11:00-1:00 $275.00 each 
Any Seven or Eight Institutes 8:30-10:30 &/or 11:00-1:00 $250.00 each 
Any Nine Institutes 8:30-10:30 &/or 11:00-1:00 $225.00 each 
Any Ten Institutes or more
8:30-10:30 &/or 11:00-1:00 $200.00 each 
Summer 2017 Institutes: Weekly Options

WEEK 1 [MAY 30 - JUNE 2*] WRITE FOR TEST SUCCESS

Grades 1 – 4: Body Paragraphs

 

Students will write organized, structured, detailed, and most of all interesting paragraphs using writing prompts used in previous years for Fourth Grade Admission to some of the best private schools on Oʻahu. We will also stress the importance of writing organized paragraphs in school assignments so that students recognize that “Naʻau” writing, admissions writing, and school writing are all the same—exemplary written responses.

 

Grades 5 – 8: SSAT Creative Essay/Expository Essay/Interview Essay Prep

 

Students will learn to write the NEW SSAT Creative Essay which gives the students a single sentence prompt like “The room was empty” and asks them to write a two page writing sample. The Naʻau way gives students a creative format and confidence while encouraging the use of voice in their pieces. Students will also learn to write the Interview Essay that is administered at the time of their private school admission interviews. This is an entirely different kind of essay that your child will master to “stand out” in the applicant pool with creativity, structure, and voice.

 

Grades 9 – 12: P/SAT Essay prep/College Application Essay

 

We have a winning method that will earn your child a 10-12 (with practice) in the SAT Essay which is attached to the Verbal score in the SAT. But SHHHH . . . our method is our secret! Students will also write their Common Application essay for use in college admissions so that they “stand out” with strong, non-clichéd, and strong voice-driven written submissions. The applicant pool is competitive, but leading our students to write from their naʻau has landed our students in our nation’s best colleges and universities.

Grades 1-4 10:00 to 12:30
Grades 5-8 10:00
to 12:30
Grades 9-12 10:00 to 12:30

*No class on May 29: Memorial Day

WEEK 2 [JUNE 5 - JUNE 9] DESCRIPTIVE/PERSUASION

2A - Descriptive: Painting A Picture


The impact of an event or place will be painted with words. Our students learn to use their five senses to render a detailed image that remains in their memories whether positively or negatively.  The overuse of cliches and near cliches will be brought to our students’ attention. A series of the event or place that students describe will become a longer story. We refer to these pictures as scenes that can be used in all forms of writing.


Grades 1-4 8:30  to 10:30
Grades 5-8 8:30  to 10:30
Grades 9-12 8:30  to 10:30

 

2B - Persuasion: Convince Me

 

Good persuasive topics are those in which there are a lot of available sources and literature. Students will be encouraged to select topics that they feel strongly about such as supporting a particular cause or a subject that they can make positive. Students must provide strong evidence to support their topic in a well-developed five -paragraph essay. Topics can include the following: Illegal music downloading, violent video games, the effect of cell phones on society, athletes as role models, violence and sports, or youth athletic participation in sports. Maybe convince you to reduce the amount of chores?

Grades 1-4 11:00 to 1:00
Grades 5-8 11:00
to 1:00
Grades 9-12 11:00 to 1:00

 

 

WEEK 3 [JUNE 13 - JUNE 16*] ANALYSIS

Students learn the basics of analysis of novels using compelling thesis statements using in-text citations to support their topic sentences. Mastering this kind of writing will help students in all of their content areas to take a stance (thesis) and prove their stance using direct quotations from the text. A gift to last through college.

 

Grades 1-4 10:00 to 12:30
Grades 5-8 10:00
to 12:30
Grades 9-12 10:00 to 12:30

*No class on June 12: Kamehameha Day


**There will be required reading for this summer institute.  Please have the reading completed before the week begins.  You may purchase your own copy of the following texts, or Na'au has copies that can be borrowed.  After you register, you will be emailed more information about book pick-up.  Mahalo!

 

Grades 1-4: Warrior's Refuge Erin Hunter

Grades 5-8: A Wrinkle in Time  Madeleine LʻEngle

Grades 9-12: Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury


WEEK 4 [JUNE 19 - JUNE 23] NARRATIVE/RESEARCH

4A - Narrative: Telling A Story


Using the VOICE of someone they know or their own voice, our students will write a story about a poignant event.  Students will learn conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution.  Through VOICE they will also learn setting, character development, and the importance of showing rather than simply telling.  Students will be encouraged to use specifics as well as idiosyncratic rather than obvious details.  Voice remains one of the most vital skills for students to learn and use in writing.

 

 

Grades 1-4 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 5-8 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 9-12 8:30 to 10:30

 

4B - Research

 

What happened on August 8, 1945 to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? What makes Hawaiʻi`s indigenous hoary bat unique? What are some chicken facts? What was life like in Colonial days? What are the distinctions between the indigenous peoples of the United States including Native Hawaiians? What is Neptune’s Web? What are the physical and spiritual properties of semi-precious stones and minerals? What about the Hubble Telescope? What are the major phases of the current volcanic activity on the Big Island? Research topics will be chosen according to the students’ “passion” for a particular person, place or event in history. In a five-paragraph essay, students will be required to use varied resources not limited to internet sites.

  

Grades 1-4 11:00 to 1:00
Grades 5-8 11:00
to 1:00
Grades 9-12 11:00 to 1:00

 

 

WEEK 5 [JUNE 26 - JUNE 30] MEMOIR/CREATIVE NONFICTION

5A - Memoir


Abraham Maslow’s Nine Childhood Peak Experiences becomes the impetus for our students’ memoirs.  Rather than a typical autobiography that tells the reader about the writer’s date and place of birth, family members, best friends, likes and dislikes, students will write about moments that have had a lasting impact on their lives. Showing rather than telling us about themselves will form a piece of writing that is truly memorable and poignant.

 

Grades 1-4 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 5-8 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 9-12 8:30 to 10:30

 

5B - Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction

 

This genre give the writer poetic license to fill in the proverbial holes in details that exist in nonfiction. The width and breadth of the many stories students already hold inside of them will be explored as subjects for this institute.  Obake, kupuna, miracles, or even dog, chicken and cat stories can be written along with experiences with any aspect of nature. This institute differs from MEMOIR because students will write in the third-person point of view and use dialogue to tell their stories.  The literary conventions of fiction writing will be taught.

  

Grades 1-4 11:00 to 1:00
Grades 5-8 11:00
to 1:00
Grades 9-12 11:00 to 1:00

 

 

WEEK 6 [JULY 3 - JULY 7*] ANALYSIS

Students learn the basics of analysis of novels using compelling thesis statements using in-text citations to support their topic sentences. Mastering this kind of writing will help students in all of their content areas to take a stance (thesis) and prove their stance using direct quotations from the text. A gift to last through college.

 

Grades 1-4 10:00 to 12:30
Grades 5-8 10:00
to 12:30
Grades 9-12 10:00 to 12:30

 

*No class on July 4: Independence Day Holiday

 

**There will be required reading for this summer institute.  Please have the reading completed before the week begins.  You may purchase your own copy of the following texts, or Na'au has copies that can be borrowed.  After you register, you will be emailed more information about book pick-up.  Mahalo!

 

Grades 1-4: Warrior's Return Erin Hunter

Grades 5-8: The Call of the Wild Jack London

Grades 9-12: The Illustrated Man Ray Bradbury


WEEK 7 [JULY 10 - JULY 14] READING COMPREHENSION/GRAMMAR FOUNDATION BUILDING

7A - Reading Comprehension


Grades 1-4: Reading Comprehension:

 

Students will take a reading diagnostic test to determine grade level reading comprehension. They will be assigned reading passages (hopefully interesting to them!) from both SAT and Terra Nova test curricula and be given percentile scores for their work. Students will learn active reading and POE (Process of Elimination) test taking strategies to raise their scores.

 

Grades 5-8: SSAT Reading:

 

Students will take a reading diagnostic test to determine grade level reading comprehension. They will be assigned reading passages from SSAT Reading Comprehension practice curricula that will be as mind-numbing and uninteresting as the real SSAT! (Those selections are BORING . . . like Slash and Burn Agriculture!?) BUT, with active reading and POE (Process of Elimination) test taking strategies they will be sure to raise their scores.

 

Grades 9-12: P/SAT Reading Comprehension:

 

Students will take a reading diagnostic test to determine grade level reading comprehension. They will be assigned reading passages from P/SAT Reading Comprehension practice curricula that will be as mind-numbing and uninteresting as the real P/SAT! (Those selections are BORING . . . like Slash and Burn Agriculture!?) BUT, with active reading, POE (Process of Elimination), and other test taking strategies tailored to their learning styles they will be sure to raise their scores.

 

Grades 1-4 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 5-8 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 9-12 8:30 to 10:30

 

7B - Grammar Foundation Building

 

USAGE: Subject-Verb Agreement, Verb Tenses: Present, Past, Future, Progressive, Perfect, Present-Perfect Verbs, Be-Verbs, Active and Passive Verbs, Problem Verbs, Adjective-Noun Agreement, Adjectives vs Adverbs, Indefinite, Demonstrative, Interrogative Pronouns, Misused Words, Misused Phrases, Usage of This, That, These, Those.

 

MECHANICS; Capitalization, End Marks, Abbreviations, Quotation Marks, Commas, Colons, Semi-colons, Hyphens, Punctuations, Contractions, Apostrophes. 

 

SENTENCES: Building Sentences, Combining Sentences, The Sound of Language, Sentence Fluency, Parallelism, Sentence Problems, Correct Word Order, Expanding Sentences, the dreaded Diagramming Sentences.

 

GRAMMAR: Nouns, Singular and Plural Nouns, Plural Nouns, Subject and Object Nouns, Possessive Nouns, Pronouns, Possessive Pronouns, Subject-Object Pronouns, Interrogative Pronouns, Verbs, Helping Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Interjections and Conjunctions, Subjects and Predicates, Direct Objects, Indirect Objects, Clauses, Appositives, Compound Subjects and Predicates, Gerunds, Infinitives.

  

Grades 1-4 11:00 to 1:00
Grades 5-8 11:00
to 1:00
Grades 9-12 11:00 to 1:00

 

WEEK 8 [JULY 17 - JULY 21] WRITE FOR TEST SUCCESS/ANALYSIS

8A - Write for Test Success

 

Grades 1 – 4: Body Paragraphs

 

Students will write organized, structured, detailed, and most of all interesting paragraphs using writing prompts used in previous years for Fourth Grade Admission to some of the best private schools on Oʻahu. We will also stress the importance of writing organized paragraphs in school assignments so that students recognize that “Naʻau” writing, admissions writing, and school writing are all the same—exemplary written responses.

 

Grades 5 – 8: SSAT Creative Essay/Expository Essay/Interview Essay Prep

 

Students will learn to write the NEW SSAT Creative Essay which gives the students a single sentence prompt like “The room was empty” and asks them to write a two page writing sample. The Naʻau way gives students a creative format and confidence while encouraging the use of voice in their pieces. Students will also learn to write the Interview Essay that is administered at the time of their private school admission interviews. This is an entirely different kind of essay that your child will master to “stand out” in the applicant pool with creativity, structure, and voice.

 

Grades 9 – 12: P/SAT Essay prep/College Application Essay

 

We have a winning method that will earn your child a 10-12 (with practice) in the SAT Essay which is attached to the Verbal score in the SAT. But SHHHH . . . our method is our secret! Students will also write their Common Application essay for use in college admissions so that they “stand out” with strong, non-clichéd, and strong voice-driven written submissions. The applicant pool is competitive, but leading our students to write from their naʻau has landed our students in our nation’s best colleges and universities.

 

Grades 1-4 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 5-8 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 9-12 8:30 to 10:30

 

8B - Analysis

 

Students learn the basics of analysis of novels using compelling thesis statements using in-text citations to support their topic sentences. Mastering this kind of writing will help students in all of their content areas to take a stance (thesis) and prove their stance using direct quotations from the text. A gift to last through college.


Grades 1-4 11:00 to 1:00
Grades 5-8 11:00
to 1:00
Grades 9-12 11:00 to 1:00

**There will be required reading for this summer institute.  Please have the reading completed before the week begins.  You may purchase your own copy of the following texts, or Na'au has copies that can be borrowed.  After you register, you will be emailed more information about book pick-up.  Mahalo!

 

Grades 1-4: The Lost Warrior Erin Hunter

Grades 5-8: Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

Grades 9-12: Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury


WEEK 9 [JULY 24 - JULY 28] PERSUASION/RESEARCH

9A - Persuasion: Convince Me

 

Good persuasive topics are those in which there are a lot of available sources and literature. Students will be encouraged to select topics that they feel strongly about such as supporting a particular cause or a subject that they can make positive. Students must provide strong evidence to support their topic in a well-developed five -paragraph essay. Topics can include the following: Illegal music downloading, violent video games, the effect of cell phones on society, athletes as role models, violence and sports, or youth athletic participation in sports. Maybe convince you to reduce the amount of chores?

 

Grades 1-4 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 5-8 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 9-12 8:30 to 10:30

 

9B - Research

 

What happened on August 8, 1945 to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? What makes Hawaiʻi`s indigenous hoary bat unique? What are some chicken facts? What was life like in Colonial days? What are the distinctions between the indigenous peoples of the United States including Native Hawaiians? What is Neptune’s Web? What are the physical and spiritual properties of semi-precious stones and minerals? What about the Hubble Telescope? What are the major phases of the current volcanic activity on the Big Island? Research topics will be chosen according to the students’ “passion” for a particular person, place or event in history. In a five-paragraph essay, students will be required to use varied resources not limited to internet sites.

 

Grades 1-4 11:00 to 1:00
Grades 5-8 11:00
to 1:00
Grades 9-12 11:00 to 1:00

WEEK 10 [JULY 31 - AUGUST 4] READING COMPREHENSION/GRAMMAR FOUNDATION BUILDING

10A - Reading Comprehension

 

Grades 1-4: Reading Comprehension:

 

Students will take a reading diagnostic test to determine grade level reading comprehension. They will be assigned reading passages (hopefully interesting to them!) from both SAT and Terra Nova test curricula and be given percentile scores for their work. Students will learn active reading and POE (Process of Elimination) test taking strategies to raise their scores.

 

Grades 5-8: SSAT Reading:

 

Students will take a reading diagnostic test to determine grade level reading comprehension. They will be assigned reading passages from SSAT Reading Comprehension practice curricula that will be as mind-numbing and uninteresting as the real SSAT! (Those selections are BORING . . . like Slash and Burn Agriculture!?) BUT, with active reading and POE (Process of Elimination) test taking strategies they will be sure to raise their scores.

 

Grades 9-12: P/SAT Reading Comprehension:

 

Students will take a reading diagnostic test to determine grade level reading comprehension. They will be assigned reading passages from P/SAT Reading Comprehension practice curricula that will be as mind-numbing and uninteresting as the real P/SAT! (Those selections are BORING . . . like Slash and Burn Agriculture!?) BUT, with active reading, POE (Process of Elimination), and other test taking strategies tailored to their learning styles they will be sure to raise their scores.

 

Grades 1-4 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 5-8 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 9-12 8:30 to 10:30

 

10B - Grammar Foundation Building

 

USAGE: Subject-Verb Agreement, Verb Tenses: Present, Past, Future, Progressive, Perfect, Present-Perfect Verbs, Be-Verbs, Active and Passive Verbs, Problem Verbs, Adjective-Noun Agreement, Adjectives vs Adverbs, Indefinite, Demonstrative, Interrogative Pronouns, Misused Words, Misused Phrases, Usage of This, That, These, Those.

 

MECHANICS; Capitalization, End Marks, Abbreviations, Quotation Marks, Commas, Colons, Semi-colons, Hyphens, Punctuations, Contractions, Apostrophes. 


SENTENCES: Building Sentences, Combining Sentences, The Sound of Language, Sentence Fluency, Parallelism, Sentence Problems, Correct Word Order, Expanding Sentences, the dreaded Diagramming Sentences.


GRAMMAR: Nouns, Singular and Plural Nouns, Plural Nouns, Subject and Object Nouns, Possessive Nouns, Pronouns, Possessive Pronouns, Subject-Object Pronouns, Interrogative Pronouns, Verbs, Helping Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Interjections and Conjunctions, Subjects and Predicates, Direct Objects, Indirect Objects, Clauses, Appositives, Compound Subjects and Predicates, Gerunds, Infinitives.

 

Grades 1-4 11:00 to 1:00
Grades 5-8 11:00
to 1:00
Grades 9-12 11:00 to 1:00

WEEK 11 [AUGUST 7 - AUGUST 11] VIGNETTES/POETRY

11A - Vignettes

 

Vignettes are stories told in a very short space.  They contain epiphanies or moments of revelation.  The master of this is Sandra Cisneros whose seminal work, The House on Mango Street, connect vignettes in a genre that became known as “novel-in-stories.”  Our students will write vignettes that generate from the chapters in her novel in which the goal is to evoke a response in the reader in a small space also known as “flash fiction.”  Minimalist in language, students will use a core of characters who weave in and out of their vignettes.

 

Grades 1-4 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 5-8 8:30 to 10:30
Grades 9-12 8:30 to 10:30

 

11B - Poetry

 

Words heal, words enlighten, words sing. Students of all ages and abilities welcome. Basics of free verse poetry form and style will be covered. Workshop participants will then critique and rewrite poems in an honest and respectful writer’s group. We will not be a mutual admiration society, but one that is constructive and insightful. This workshop will surely inspire your child's creative energies with the magic of line, stanza, voice, and breath.

 

Grades 1-4 11:00 to 1:00
Grades 5-8 11:00
to 1:00
Grades 9-12 11:00 to 1:00


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