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Taught by the amazing Bentley Chinese faculty, this course will investigate Chinese cuisine, arts, and entertainment, involving trips to places such as Chinatown and the Asian Art Museum. During the week, students will explore a wide range of Chinese cultural food traditions and will make dumplings, steamed buns, as well as Boba tea. The students will also engage in Chinese arts, such as paper cutting, ink painting, writing calligraphy, designing folder fans, and making seal stamps. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to play Chinese chess, yo-yos, kikbo, and Mahjong.

Weeks
Week 5: 
July13th-17th
Grades
6th-8th
Price
$550

Chinese Cultural Week

Comic book characters aren’t just designed to fight criminals. They always have an origin story, a fatal flaw, and support characters. In this class, you’ll not only learn what makes superheroes so amazing, but you’ll also learn how to create them. You’ll design your own hero (or villain) and give them all the essential tools necessary to compete with the top Marvel and DC Capes and Cowls of the day. You’ll also learn more about drawing, writing, storytelling, and how to layout comics. By the end of this course, you’ll have a character design and a description of your own personal superhero, and you can begin working on a superhero book of your own. Who knows - you may create the next Spiderman, Captain America, or Batman in this very class...?!

Weeks
Week 8: 
Aug 3rd-7th
Grades
6th-8th
Price
$550

Comicbook Creation

Campers in the creative writing summer camps will explore several genres — poetry, short fiction, and playwriting — through a variety of writing exercises and adventures conducted on the Bentley Campus and the surrounding area. Students will have the opportunity to refine their voices, find greater specificity in their language, and share their creative discoveries with the rest of the group. Our work together will culminate in a student showcase where students will have the opportunity to either read poetry/fiction or cast their peers in a rehearsed presentation of their dramatic play. As campers learn to offer and solicit positive feedback, the creative writing summer camp provides an excellent opportunity for rising Middle Schoolers to model the dynamics of open discussion utilized by English classes at the Bentley Upper School.

Weeks
Week 4:
July 6th-10th
Week 7:
July 27th-31st
Grades
6th-8th
Course
Short Stories & Storytelling
Lyrics & Poetry Slam
Price
$550

Creative Writing

Speech & Debate: Parliamentary Debate

In this class campers will learn the skills and basic strategies of parliamentary debate. We will begin with activities that promote impromptu speaking and play games that get us thinking on our feet. We will learn how to create effective arguments, construct cases, develop refutation strategies, and weigh impacts in order to win debates. We will research current events and learn basics about government, politics, and economy. Students will collaborate with partners and debate daily in class. This class allows students to try out an exciting form of debate that Bentley School has a proud history of competing in and is a great preparation for either Middle School or ninth-grade speech and debate. Even students who don’t think they are interested in competing in debate will enjoy this opportunity to learn more about current events and practice public speaking. Laptops required.

Weeks
Week 6:
July 20th-24th
Grades
6th-8th
Price
$550

Speech & Debate: Think On Your Feet

Learning how to think on your feet is a life skill we all need. In this class we learn the skills and basic strategies of impromptu and extemporaneous speaking. We begin with games that get us thinking on our feet. We will learn how to construct short speeches on all types of issues and ideas with limited preparation. We will research current events and learn basics about government, politics, and economy that will enable us to give well-argued speeches about current affairs. Students will give speeches daily. Laptops required. 

Weeks
Week 3
June 29th-July 3rd
Grades
6th-8th
Price
$550