Senior English

October 17, 2011

Mark Twain once said, "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."  Students in English 12 and English 12 Honors have been assigned practical writing activities.  All class have written a resume, personal statement, letter of recommendation request, a thank you letter and envelope, and a reflection or response statement to a piece of literature.  Currently the English 12 Honors classes, or College English I, are learning how to write questions for an interview, conduct an interview, and use one of three transcript forms.  The students conduct five interviews to gather data for the ten-page research paper due in early November. Some of the English 12 Honor students may need help in finding people to interview for topics ranging from counterfeit money to yoga and hyperthyroidism.  Students in English 12 have read three narrative essays and are now testing the form by writing a narrative essay.  Peer review groups, proofreading, editing, and revising are all part of the writing process, as the seniors strive to improve their writing skills before graduation.  The thesaurus is always an option to improve word choice in the revision process as rubrics are used for grading each assignment.  Lightning and lightning bugs may not be words the seniors are using in essays, but finding the right word choice has been part of the curriculum for these senior classes.  After all: "There is no great writing, only great rewriting." - Justice Brandeis