In the classroom, students applied their English skills by using a KWL Chart to guide them in doing online research on doing laundry. First, students wrote down what they already KNEW, what they WANTED to know, and—after doing some research—what they LEARNED. Click here to view one student’s chart!
Students then brought in towels from home and walked to a local laundromat to practice washing, drying, and folding a load of laundry.
"My favorite part was putting a dollar bill in the coin machine and getting quarters for the washer and dryer," a sophomore student said.
Applied English is a new course offering this year.
“The high school English department wanted to offer a program that provides students with opportunities to improve their functional literacy skills to prepare for transition,” said Allison. “Stanbridge already offers the Bridges class for seniors and some juniors, but John Barnett and I felt that we were better serving some of our students by focusing less on Shakespeare and more on functional English skills that build year-to-year.”
10th Grade Applied English focuses on advocacy.
“Students are learning how to become their own advocate and identify and research the things they want to learn about—such as laundry—that will benefit them in the future,” said Allison. “The end of the year goal is for students to have a sense of their strengths and weaknesses, and how to advocate for support when needed.”
To learn more about the Applied English Curriculum, contact Allison St. John.