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 Wednesday, 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 extraordinary librarian, Mrs. JoBeth Roberts, and our dedicated English teachers.
A previous post highlighted some of the workshops. Here are a few others:
Cartooning — What Makes You Laugh?
by Drew Dervanich
Drew Dervanich is a cartoonist (New Yorker, Time, Google, and others), children’s book author and winner of National Cartoonists Society’s “Reuben Award” as best gag cartoonist. In this workshop, he worked with students to identify different types of humor and discuss how cartoons are designed to make people laugh — and sometimes to make them think. Students dissected a cartoon’s elements and examined how we go about reading them and why. Students discussed different sorts of cartoon humor, both political and non-political. The workshop ended by having students design and draw their own cartoons using a variety of techniques, including juxtaposition, hyperbole and irony.
Stand Up Comedy
by Jay Nog (Stand up comic and writer for MTV2’s Guy Code)
What does it take to become a stand up comedian? During this workshop, Jay Nog shared some experiences and projects he has worked on, and shared with students his career path. He discussed different stand-up styles and trends in comedy before getting students ready to write some jokes! Participants learned some of the strategies of writing effective jokes and then had an opportunity to perform the jokes they had written!