As a testament to their love of learning, Mount Saint Mary Academy students are brushing up on their writing chops through the English Department’s Writing Workshop Series which began in the fall of 2019.
Mount English teachers, with the assistance of members of the National English Honor Society, conduct the sessions in the Academy’s Writing Lab located on the top floor of the St. Joe’s building.
The Department’s initial workshop, “Crafting a Thesis,” was offered first to seniors; it was then offered to Juniors, then Sophomores, and finally, to Freshmen. Ms. Catrina Coffey, English teacher, taught the Thesis workshop:
“Students can really develop their own voices as writers as they adapt the advice they’re given to suit their needs and styles, and we can pool our knowledge and share our thinking with each other; we all come out as stronger writers as a result.”
Other workshops offered in the Writing Workshop Series include: pre-writing; using evidence effectively; quote integration; summarizing an event vs analyzing it; developing tone and voice; effective introductions and conclusions; and sentence variety.
When the Writing Lab isn’t being used for workshops, students have been using it as a space to hold peer academic discussions, peer learning sessions, etc., on all subjects, not just English/writing. If you were to stumble into the room during one of the sessions, you’d discover on the whiteboard formulas about trajectory from yesterday’s physics class or outlines for & arguments about Theology projects. The old saying is that to teach something is to learn it twice; it is nice to see students teaching each other and bringing a sense of empathy and enlightenment to all involved.