Key Features of SIELP
What are the key features of the program?
- Students read two historical novels, My Brother Sam is Dead, and War Comes to Willy Freeman. Visits to the New-York Historical Society's Luce Center extend the focus to art and artifacts from the Colonial Period.
- Four compositions (three drafts each) and daily entries in a reading response journal are required of all students.
- All students spend one hour a day in a computer lab learning word processing skills and conducting an Internet research project.
- Trips of cultural interest in support of the curriculum are an important part of the program. Trip destinations (at least three per summer) include Colonial Bethpage, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Museum of the Moving Image.
- Biweekly assessments of student progress are sent home to students' parents.
- End-of-program assessments and writing samples are sent to high school guidance counselors at the conclusion of the program to assist in the placement process in the fall.
- Average daily attendance exceeds 93%