McMurry University to Offer Summer Gifted and Talented Program Courses

  Gary Ellison
  Friday, April 10, 2015 10:23 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University will offer two college-level courses this summer for incoming eighth, ninth and tenth grade students through its third annual Gifted and Talented Summer Program on June 8-26.

The morning class Double Exposure is being taught by Linda Piel, director of online education and graduate studies, and Jennifer Nichols, Ryan Gallery Director, from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

This course combines the best in photography and technology for a digital festival of fun and learning.

Experience the culture of Abilene and surrounding towns through the lens of your digital camera. Come back to campus ready to crop, refine, and polish your snapshots.  Import these images into cutting-edge computer software programs and prepare a graphical masterpiece for your portfolio. Computer topics include animation and presentation programs. Students will need to bring a digital device, preferably a digital camera.

The afternoon course, The Logic and Art of Writing Essays, is being taught by English Professor Cole Thompson from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students will learn the basic logic of the essay and how to plan and write an essay with effective focus, organization, and development. Students will also learn strategies for introductions and conclusions, as well as various advanced compositional techniques such as ethos as a mode of persuasion, four-level structure for comparison and contrast, figurative language, etc.

Additionally, students will review and practice sentence grammar and punctuation. During the three-week course, students will write four essays: a simple informative, a comparison and contrast, a descriptive, and a persuasive critique of a movie, television show, or video game. Students will also practice the SAT essay and receive feedback on at least two timed SAT essays. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

The deadline for registration is May 15 and cost is $264 per course. For more information or to register for the program, please contact Melody Roper at 325.793.4893 or Vicki Kohutek at 325.793.4890 or go to .

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