Wheatley’s Midterm Experience Helps Students Connect English to Careers (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, directors and creative artists in activities designed to engage students in activities that simply cannot be done during a regular class period.

The Midterm experience occurs thanks to the dedication of our Secondary English Chair, Mr. Steve Collier and our Librarian, Mrs. Jo Beth Roberts. Our incredible English teachers provide crucial support, leading many of the workshops. Finally, we are thankful for the many talented professionals who spent the morning with our terrific students!

I have shared information about some of the workshops in this previous post and this previous post and this previous post.

Some of the other workshops given include:

Writing About You: Exploring Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Rick Wilson (Wheatley English Teacher)

Workshop Description:

In this workshop, we will use the senses to recall, craft, explore, structure, and write about memories which might grow into compelling pieces of writing.  Whether you are an experienced writer or someone just beginning to think about writing about yourself and what you know, you’ll love this option. Through journal writing, mindfulness meditation, creative exercises, and work on the Chromebook, we will start many pieces which might fit together or stand alone.  Flash Creative Nonfiction will be discussed and read, as well as exposure to longer forms of memoir. All participants are encouraged to bring five to ten random texts found in their houses, two-three pens, perhaps some earbuds or headphones, and a readiness to churn out as many words as possible in two hours time!  All participants will be encouraged to submit a piece to be considered for publication in Vintage.  


Make Your Own Superhero Origin Story!

Todd Henao (Wheatley English Teacher)

Workshop Description:

Have you ever wondered how Batman became the world’s greatest detective? Or why Captain America refused to sign the Sokovia accords in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War? Or why superheroes often have a secret identity? In this midterm experience, we’ll read, watch, and explore various superhero origin stories, and examine what defines a superhero. Then, we’ll work on creating an original superhero!


Improvisation for the Theatre

Dr. Elaine Kanas (Superintendent of Schools)

Workshop Description:

Unlock  your creative side!  No scripts necessary here.  Explore the elements of theatre…..character, setting and action by getting up on your feet and creating original monologues and mini plays, letting inspiration guide the way.  Through fun theatre games and skits you never know what seeds you might sow for a future work of art.  

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