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Camp session: Nonfiction Reading & Debating: Grades 5-7 (Focus Learning Academic Centre)

Nonfiction Reading & Debating: Grades 5-7

By: Focus Learning Academic Centre

Focus Learning Academic Centre

About this Program:

  • Virtual program
  • Age 9 - 11 (Coed)
  • Specialized in Reading and Debate, offers 6 activities
  • 1 session date to choose from
  • Cost starting from $720
  • Special needs support not available


About this course

Nonfiction Reading is a course designed to give students the opportunity to engage with several different forms and publications of nonfiction texts, including articles, essays and biographies. Throughout the course, students will read several different materials while developing their critical thinking skills through written responses.

What you'll learn

Throughout this course, students will examine nonfiction writing pieces which will benefit them in the following areas of focus:

  • Comprehension & Research: reading strategies, citing proper sources
  • Critical Thinking & Analysis: language analysis, vocabulary, tone
  • Response Writing: sentence and paragraph structure, grammar, expression of ideas

Each month, we will look at a different source or form of nonfiction text. In the first week, we will look at the form itself and discuss how it appeals to their audiences. We will then look at an example from the form and have an in-class discussion or debate the following week. After this, students will choose their own text to respond to and begin formulating their responses for their final project due next lesson.  

  • September/October: The New York Times
  • November: Time For Kids
  • December: Print Advertisement
  • January: Canadian Newspapers

Materials & Homework

- All students should be fully literate in the English language at the appropriate curriculum level for their current academic year.  

- All students must use a word processor such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs and be able to submit their homework in .doc or .docx format to Teams.  

Character Development: This program helps build the following traits

  • Curiosity: Love of learning. Intellectual engagement. Enthusiasm for experiencing the world. Proclivity to develop passions and interests.
  • Independence: Ability and willingness to do things on one’s own. Self-initiative, self-motivation, self-care. Decisiveness.

Session Dates and Rates:

Sep 21. '21 - Jan 31. '22
Virtual Program,

18:20 - 19:50


Recreational       Instructional       Intense or Competitive

Instructor lead (group)
Instructor lead (one on one)
Public Speaking
Recreational       Instructional       Intense or Competitive

Explore varying forms of nonfiction texts
Explore varying forms of nonfiction texts in order to develop reading comprehension, critical thinking and analysis skills.


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Shelly Zheng

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(416) 519-3285

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