Course ID EES87QMC
Department English
Subject Core English
Can you take this course more than once? No
Periods per Day 1.0
Special Permission No
  • All of the following are true:
    • Student is in 11th grade
  • Fulfills the following graduation requirements
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      Writing to Make Change


      Much of the writing we do in English classes is for an audience of one: the teacher. The focus of this writing workshop course will be to generate and craft public writing for a larger audience: writing that moves beyond the classroom, and even beyond the walls of the school.


      In the first third of the course, we will study writing in a variety of genres, including personal essay/memoir, fiction, drama, op-eds, poetry, and the graphic novel/the infographic. We will write in response to invitations, identifying issues we are passionate about, and forms—including hybrid forms—we are eager to explore.


      In the second part of the course, students will identify their pressing issue and the audience they want to address, and embark on an independent study researching what has been written about that issue and determining what they will add to this conversation. Each student will write up a proposal for their final project: a piece of public writing that will go out into the world to make change.


      The final weeks of the course will be devoted to developing, drafting, and revising pieces for publication. By the end of the semester, each student will take action by putting their writing out into the world through publication, contest submission, performance, or some other means.


      This writing workshop class will be open to juniors and seniors as an English selective.


      Shared texts may include:

      Citizen, by Claudia Rankine

      Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

      Peerless, by Jiehae Park

      The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

      Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, by Scott McCloud