As part of our rigorous academic college-preparatory program, students develop the high academic standards of the best colleges world-wide. Madeleine A. Vala, author of “A Grim Fascination”: Newspapers and Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country and professor at UPRRP, visited Robinson School and gave an amazing workshop on college writing.
“This workshop will supply students with strategies to develop strong thesis statements and close textual analysis, skills crucial in college academic writing. The workshop shows different models for thesis statements (3-part, counterargument, and Erik Simpson’s “Magic Thesis Sentence”) and ways to generate thesis statements from close textual analysis, moving from data to analysis to thesis”, shared Dr. Vala with us.
Students used Flannery O’Connor’s “Everything That Rises Must Converge” and Brent Staples “Black Men and Public Space” as fiction and nonfiction examples. They participated actively and got the chance to fine-tune college level writing skills.