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Research, Racism, and Romeo

The High School English classes have been conducting a lot of research this past month for various projects.  The Seniors are researching important people/events/trends from the 20th century.  Some topics include Babe Ruth and baseball in the 1920’s, Michael Jordan and his endorsements, the jazz era, the Beatles, etc…Students are researching, writing, and presenting their information to the class.


The Junior class has also been doing a lot of writing since Christmas break.  They wrote persuasive papers covering the topics of on-line classes, a law requiring helmets for motorcycle riders, and the value of art and homework.  Currently, they are researching a historical figure from the Civil War and will write a paper and give a press conference to the class.  Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Robert E. Lee, and Clara Barton will all be making appearances.

Juniors will also be gearing up for State Reading Assessments, which will be taken shortly after Spring Break.


The Sophomore English class has started off the semester reading the American Classic To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Students are following the lives of Scout, Jem, and Atticus as they experience and fight against racism in the deep south. 


The Freshman English class has just finished writing research papers over a Nobel Prize winning Laureate for either Literature or Peace.  Students researched their laureates, wrote papers, and then created PowerPoint presentations to share the information with the class. They are just beginning their study of Shakespeare’s famous play “Romeo and Juliet.” 


Last but not least, Creative Writing students are writing articles for the website and also writing historical fiction stories, as well as other creative pieces.