At J Mark Price's Reading & Writing Workshop, we provide highly individualized instruction tailored to the educational and emotional needs of each student. We meet each student where they are and work to help them grow not only their reading and writing skills, but their self-confidence as well.
Students in our reading program choose the books they find interesting from our extensive library. Our focus on student choice encourages engagement and self-confidence in our students as they improve their comprehension skills.
We also work with students of all ages to help them develop their writing skills, ranging from creative writing (crafting short stories, poetry, and full-blown novels!) to essay writing and personal narratives. Students as young as 4 years-old have independently published their books through our studio.
We support students in preparing for tests such as the ISEE (at all levels) and STAAR, as well as lend support with schoolwork, essay writing, spelling, vocabulary, and more. And we love helping students create unique and powerful essays for their college applications!
Saturday Creative Writing Groups
Friday Writing Group has long been a favorite for students and families at our studio! Our Friday creative writing groups take students through the process of learning to generate writing ideas as well as building fully realized characters and plot. Students study writing techniques such as figurative language, imagery/descriptive writing, dialogue, and many more writing strategies that will immediately impact and elevate writing levels and inspire young writers. Most importantly, students learn to see themselves as writers. Structured as a traditional writing workshop, the Friday groups teach students how to discuss and develop their writing with one another and build a warm, supportive community.
Essay Writing Workshops
Each Fall and Summer
Our Essay Writing Workshop consists of two intensive sessions on consecutive Sundays focusing on essay writing structure and prompt-response work to prepare students for classroom, ISEE, and STAAR-based essay writing. Students will learn and practice all aspects of essay writing: thesis and topic sentences, supporting details, evidence, constructing body paragraphs, and writing effective introduction and concluding paragraphs.
Priority Enrollment begins in January for upcoming summer
We offer a variety of group programs throughout the summer in addition to one-on-one sessions. Our summer camps range from creative writing camps to reading camps to essay writing workshops to Spanish camp!
Readers, Writers, Storytellers Camp
For rising 1st and 2nd grade students
Focuses on creativity: individual and collaborative storytelling, reading/reading discussion, poetry, thought-provoking journal work, and turning pictures into stories – an inspiring self-expression experience!
Creative Writing Camp
For rising 3rd grade-high school
A true writing workshop, in which students not only quickly gain significant writing skills, but also learn to talk to one another about their writing, developing insight and feedback skills, and truly learn to see themselves as writers. There is a film component to the creative writing camp, which the kids always love (using inspirational movies to teach writing elements like character and conflict), and a big writing celebration to end each session. The creative writing camps are as much about WRITING INSPIRATION as they are about the writing skills themselves.
Essay Writing/Personal Narrative Camp
For rising 3rd-9th grade students
This camp includes work on essay writing (classroom, ISEE, and STAAR-based) and personal narrative. We focus on essay writing structure and prompt-response work to prepare students for classroom, ISEE, and STAAR-based essay writing. Students will learn and practice all aspects of essay writing: thesis and topic sentences, supporting details, evidence, constructing body paragraphs, and writing effective introduction and concluding paragraphs.
Love of Reading/Mastery of Reading Passages Camp
For rising 3rd-9th grade students
This camp focuses on two primary goals: the first, always, is helping children develop as readers, improving comprehension, critical thinking, and inferential skills through a love of reading, working in books they choose and want to read. We spend time reading and discussing literary elements like character and conflict, mood and setting. Like the Creative Writing Camps, we use inspirational and engaging films to further our understanding of these literary elements. Our second focus for this camp, because reading passages are a critical part of student
success in the private and public school environment (ISEE,
ERB, STAAR and so on), is teaching strategies to more
effectively and confidently navigate standardized reading
Señor Basso's Spanish Extravaganza Camp
For rising 5th-10th grade, depending on Spanish level
We are so excited to be joined each summer by former district-wide Teacher of the Year Señor Scott Basso. This camp, which will feature Beginner and Advanced sections, is perfect both for kids who struggle with Spanish and need to improve and review over the summer, as well as for kids who just want to get ahead with Spanish before the next school year. Scott is an incredibly engaging and gifted teacher, and his students regularly place in the highest percentiles on the National Spanish Exam.