Wheatley’s Midterm Experience Program Connects English Skills to Careers (Part 3)!

Wheatley’s Midterm Experience is designed to give our 9th and 10th-grade students hands-on workshops to provide insight into how English skills 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!

In addition to the workshops described in this post, and this post students also benefitted from the following:

From Real Life to Comics: The Words Behind the Pictures

Todd Henao (Wheatley English Teacher)

Workshop Description:

Have you ever wondered what the process behind translating real-life events into comic books looks like? In this Midterm Experience we will take a brief look at a couple of graphic memoirs — comics about personal lives — and the process behind making a comic book script. We will then brainstorm ideas from our own lives that we can use to create a mini-graphic memoir. No need to be a good artist as we’ll be simply writing, and no need to be a good writer either! If you’re looking for new and creative ways to tell a story, or if you’d like to get a taste of what it might be like to write an original comic book script, then this Midterm Experience is for you.

Sports Reporting 101

Justin DeMarco (Sports Reporter, 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, US Open, NWHL Sideline Reporter for ESPN 3, Wheatley Graduate)

Workshop Description:

Ever watch basketball, tennis, football, or soccer on TV and wish you were the one
asking LeBron James, Serena Williams, Tom Brady, or Alex Morgan the questions after the game or match? If that thought has ever crossed your mind, then this is the course for you. You’ll learn how to ask open-ended questions (ones that can’t be answered with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’), find unique, interesting angles to report on, and then bring it all together for the audience when you deliver your standup (talking to the camera) on-air. Think you have what it takes to become the next Erin Andrews, Michael Kay, or Michele Tafoya? Let’s give it a try and find out in this fun, hands-on sports reporting workshop.

Your Voice, Your Choice: Be a Superhero!

Elise May (performer, teaching artist, elocution and dialect coach, winner 2017 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award)

Workshop Description:

Be the inspirational speaker you know you can be! Using short personal writing to create your alter ego as a superhero, this workshop will incorporate theater voice games and techniques to give you the confidence to boldly go where you haven’t gone before. Your words have power – learn to let your voice have power, too!

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