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In this fun and expansive summer course, students will uncover the mechanics of poetry and learn to analyze and construct advanced verse with technical skill and creativity.

Live instructors guide students (ages 11–14) as they read and analyze a selection of famous poems, and then apply what they've discovered to craft stellar verses in a lively poetry derby.

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Rhyme-bot Derby: Language Craft and Analysis

2 weeks or 4 weeks
Daily In-Class Time
3 hours or 1.5 hours
$795.00 (~$27 per hour)
Poem structure, stanzas, meter, rhythm, drafting and revision
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    Choose the right level

    This course is recommended for students entering Grade 6 or 7. We recommend that students enroll in Language Arts courses at grade level.

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    Aspiring poets and programmers unite! In this fun, expansive course, students learn to approach poetry as engineers, analyzing the "code" that underpins great poetry and then applying their new skills to tinker with their very own poetry bots. Students build their comprehension and close-reading skills by engaging with a selection of famous poems, from classical sonnets to modern spoken word. Along the way, they prepare to put their poetic acumen to the test in a lively derby.

    Students who took our Poetry and Analysis camp prior to summer 2023 will see repeated material in this class. Reach out to us at for help on finding the right camp!

    Students must purchase the required book(s) before the start of the course.

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    Our instructors hold classes virtually, in a small-sized (10-16 students) videoconferencing classroom. With a small class size, teachers can give individualized attention to each student, providing real-time verbal and written feedback and supporting students' growth as writers.

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    Our Language Arts summer courses do not include homework. Students receive frequent feedback on their writing and present their work throughout the course.

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    Drop and refund policies

    If you drop a summer course before the start of your first class session, we'll issue a full refund for the course tuition. No refunds will be issued for withdrawing from a summer course after the start of your first class session. We do not accept Language Arts book returns, since they are purchased from a third party.

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    Our summer course offerings meet five days a week, Monday through Friday. We offer this course in two timing formats. Both cover the same course material.

    • The two-week course meets for 3 hours each day.
    • The four-week course meets for 1.5 hours each day.


Course Fee: $795.00 (~$27 per hour)
Jun 19 - Jun 30
Mon - Fri
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET
11:30 am - 2:30 pm CT
10:30 am - 1:30 pm MT
9:30 am - 12:30 pm PT
ID: 17548
Jul 10 - Aug 4
Mon - Fri
9:30 am - 11:00 am ET
8:30 am - 10:00 am CT
7:30 am - 9:00 am MT
6:30 am - 8:00 am PT
ID: 17547
3 Please note there are no classes: May 27 - May 29 | July 1 - July 7 | September 2 - September 4 | November 20 - November 26 | December 22 - January 4