English Scholars Program
Welcome to the English Scholars Program“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet,then you must write it.” Toni Morrison
The English Scholars Program was designed to offer a place for students highly motivated in Language Arts. It is mostly an independent study in that students will design their own proposals and work with a teacher to help fulfill certain goals and objectives. These goals and objectives include but are not limited to: writing collections of poetry, short and long fiction; researching authors and genres; writing for contests, scholarships, awards; writing for publication; and even completing full-length novels.
The class will use a “workshop” format where students will work on individual assignments, come together to discuss progress with their peers, and meet for conferences.
Grades are determined on commitment to the course and the extent to which the following requirements are met:
Class Work – ESP is unlike other classes because students spend a great deal of time working on projects that are, for the most part, different from those of their classmates. Because of this, it is extremely important that students maximize their time in class to plan and work on their projects efficiently and independently. Student work time involves any combination of reading, writing, and researching activities that are connected to each student’s proposed plan of study.
Conferences – Students will meet with their teacher and peers for one-on-one conferences. In these conferences, students will develop short and useful assignments for themselves and with the teacher’s coaching. These assignments will be directly related to their goals.
Group Shares – At least once per quarter, students will share their work with the class for valuable feedback. Students will be responsible for their active involvement in both giving and receiving feedback.
Reflections – Students will write reflections on progress at the end of each quarter. These reflections include setting goals, evaluating the extent to which they are meeting their goals, and an explication of their progress. As part of this component, students will submit a mid-year evaluation of their work as well as a final reflection at the end of the year (in the form of a letter) after their final exhibition.
Reading/Research – Students will choose to read/research various texts that will help guide their final products. They will also develop an ongoing annotated bibliography for the texts that they have used.
Exhibition – Throughout the year, students will be producing work: poems, stories, research papers, essays, book reviews, etc. While students may be at various points in the writing process for their respective projects, they will all finish the year with a culminating final product, which will be presented at The English Scholars Program Exhibition.
In addition, the following elements of the class are required for certain grade levels:
Authentic Audiences – Students are required to submit writing to audiences outside the classroom. These audiences might be contests, literary journals or publications, and public readings. (grades 9-12)
Editing/Style Focus – Students will research a specific editing rule or stylistic technique and will show evidence of understanding in their work. (grades 11-12)