Past Program

Writing Foundation 3: Detective Stories

 Students were taught:

  • The major components of writing a detective story – crime outline, motive, method, clues, suspects, climax and resolution
  • The writing process from designing the crime, crafting and outlining the plot to drafting and revising their story
  • Writing technique: Effective dialogues and action words; Importance of character development through introduction of the protagonist, numerous suspects, and development of plot through clues, climax and resolution.
  • Vocabulary and Comprehension skills: Students read extracts from other detective stories and mysteries and analyzed how the authors wrote with purposeful dialogues, used strong verbs and descriptive words, and built suspense.

Check out one stellar writer's final detective story output below!

 

Writing Foundation 3: Detective Stories
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Max Wong

P5, St. Paul\'s Co-Ed

Launching the YLOT Kick-Starter Fund

Objective: help YLOT graduates and junior facilitators pursue educational, entrepreneurial, or service opportunities aligned with their aspiration to become a successful leader of service to the world

Funding limit (2012): $1,000 USD per successful applicant

Application process: submit a maximum one page application describing
• Educational, entrepreneurial, or service opportunity to be funded
• How the opportunity is aligned to who you aspire to be
• How you aspires to serve others/society (does not necessarily have to be linked to the opportunity being funded)
All applications should be submitted to Huijin Kong and Agnes Kong (email addresses below), who will contact you for a chat.

Rights & Obligations (if application is successful)
• The Senior Facilitators of the YLOT Program will provide mentorship and other aid (if relevant)
• Funding is disbursed after the application is approved, in 1 installment
• Use the funds for the intended purpose; any unused funds should be returned to the Open Classroom (administrator of the funds)
• Write a one page essay describing the impact of the experience, which YLOT shall have the right to include in any materials (written & electronic)
• Attend 1-2 future information sessions for YLOT
• Contribute to the YLOT Leadership Guide [working name]
• Acknowledge YLOT in any events/efforts funded by this fund

Contact People
• Agnes Kong: agnes.kong@theopenclassroom.com.hk
• Huijin Kong: huijin.kong.wh01@wharton.upenn.edu

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Writing Enrichment 2: Current Events

 Students were taught:

  • The structure and important elements of a news article (headline, byline, lead paragraph, supporting evidence, interview quotations.)
  • Writing an effective lead paragraph
  • Concise writing techniques
  • Editing and revision skills

Students read a selection of articles from major news sources including the South China Morning Post, The Guardian, The New York Times, CNN

 

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Program:
Writing Enrichment & Advancement

Ryan Yuen

Y8, HKIS

2012 HK YLOT Session 2

We just completed Session 2 of the HK YLOT Summer Leadership Program (July 30 - Aug 3).  Students came from HKIS, CIS, West Island, St Paul's Co-ed, ICS, Shatin College and the King's School, UK.  Our NGO partners for this session are Table for Two and Dialogue in Silence.  Students from this session were exceptionally creative, and filmed two promotional videos for the NGOs to promote their causes.

Check out video created for Table For Two (TFT) and blog post by TFT on our program.

Check out video created for Dialogue in Silence.

Check out photos from our facebook album and slide show for highlights from this session.

2012 HK YLOT Session 2

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Writing Foundation 1: Journals

 Students were taught:

  • What makes a journal entry unique from other compositions (1st person, incorporation of feelings, past tense)
  • Detailed writing/story planning
  • Desriptive writing techniques (adjective and strong verbs use)

The students recounted a memorable day from their past experiences in journal form. Take a look at Jamie's illustrated tale about her trip to Disneyworld and the acquisition of her new imaginary friend!

Writing Foundation 1: Journals
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Jamie Chim

K3, SKH Kindergarten

Writing Enrichment 1: Adventure Stories

 This week we studied adventure stories using excerpts from The Adventures of Tom Saywer and Alex Ryder. Students were taught:

  • Elements of adventure stories (motivating act, journey act, goal act)
  • Plot elaboration and obstacles
  • Character descriptions
  • Personification

The students came up with a variety of creative adventure stories of their own- from a tale of a journey to a far away fighting competion to this account of two brothers' quest to survive a zombie disaster! 

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Program:
Writing Enrichment & Advancement

Joshua Cheung

Y7, Renaissance College

2012 HK YLOT Session 1

We just completed Session 1 of the HK YLOT Summer Leadership Program (June 29 - July 6).  Students came from HKIS, CDNIS, ISF, ICS, West Island, Choate Rosemary (US), Hockaday (US), Cheltenham Ladies' College (UK).  They all enjoyed the program thoroughly especially in working on the NGO projects (for Dialogue in Silence and Crossroads).  More importantly, they learn about themselves, working with others and what it takes to be an effective leader.  Thank you to all the guest speakers, facilitators and students for the two weeks of fun and hard work!

Check out photos from our facebook album. 

Video from Session 1

2012 HK YLOT Session 1

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Writing Foundation 1: Animal Stories

 Students were taught:

  • information about different animals around the world
  • brainstorming and outlining stories
  • parts of a story (introduction, development, resolution)
  • editing skills
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Claudia Woo

1, GSIS

Writing Enrichment 2: Setting Sketches

Students were taught: 

  • Describing a place using vivid details based on the five senses
  • Connecting the description of a place to memories and personal significance
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Program:
Writing Enrichment

Jonathan Cheng

8, CIS

Journeys: What do I learn from different kinds of journeys?

Journeys: What do I learn from different kinds of journeys?

Program:
Kindergarten Topical

Audrey Lin

Y3, CCKG