Midterm Experiences Capture Students’ Interests (Part 4)

Wheatley’s Midterm Experience is designed to give our 9th and 10th grade students hands-on workshops to provide insight into how English can be used in future endeavors. On Tuesday, over the course of two hours, students worked with acclaimed authors, poets, comedians and creative artists in activities designed to engage students in a way that can be challenging during the regular school day.

The Midterm experience occurs thanks to the dedication of our Secondary English Chair, Mr. Steve Collier, our English teachers, Mrs. Jo Beth Roberts and the very generous funding of the Wheatley PTO.

Some previous posts (here and here and here) described some of the workshops presented on Tuesday. Here are a few more:

Sports Journalism: Stand Out from the Crowd?
by Matt Gagne and Stephanie Apstein, senior editors at Sports Illustrated

Sports are ubiquitous in the media, and sports stories are often told the same way on TV, on the Internet, on the radio, in magazines and in newspapers. What teams played? How did it go down? Where and when do they play next? What does it all mean for their seasons? In this workshop students examined how the best sports journalists separate themselves from the crowd by going beyond the final scores to tell the stories about the men and women who play the games. What motivates athletes? What obstacles have they overcome? Who are they as people? What do they stand for? What don’t you know about the people you see on TV all the time, and how do you find out? Students worked through the stages of story planning, from generating ideas, to executing the reporting, to turning in the story—on deadline! In their combined experience, Matt and Stephanie have covered the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA, the NHL, Olympians and athletes from all walks of life, from high school players to Hall of Famers. This workshop focused on the art of interviewing athletes, identifying unique story angles in the world of sports, and executing a story that makes you a journalist who stands out from the crowd.



Poetry and Artistry
by Gregory M. Singer (author, actor, educator, and survivor, AKA Rage Sinclaire)

Workshop participants learned to define themselves in their own words and discovered how their various birth names are truly epic poems just waiting to be written and performed. The POEARTISTRY approach will take you on a personal voyage that will introduce you to the Greatest Poet Alive – YOU!



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