Offered only to participants in the Summer College for High School Students. The main goal of this class will be to practice the reading, writing, and research skills that will prepare students to be successful in any university level class. Throughout the class, students will practice close readings of a variety of texts--ranging from ethnic narratives and films to the kinds of research essays they will encounter in college classes. They will also learn how to revise their short essays for more clarity, coherence, and flow as well as how to construct a longer research essay. In the past, students have written essays on a wide variety of topics such as Latino, African American, and transnational identities, Asian parenting, inter-racial dating, stereotypes in Hollywood films, and minorities in technology and science. There will be many in-class activities including oral reports, and students will have a chance to revise their essays after peer editing sessions. Towards the end of the class, students will also learn how to put together and deliver a PowerPoint presentation based on their research, the same way professionals do. This will also be an opportunity for students to learn from each other's research and to celebrate everybody's creativity and work. Attendance will be required during the first two class sessions to keep a place in the class. There will be no final exam.