English teachers Jenn Jepsen and Amy Perras were recently selected to present at the 2018 Celebrating Language Arts Institute Day at Wheaton North High School. The event took place on March 2, 2018. Over 500 teachers were in attendance. This year’s theme was Inspiring Creativity.
Jenn Jepsen, English 2 and Creative Writing teacher, presented Elevating Vocabulary Through Imagery. Jenn shared lessons that engage the five senses and develop vocabulary through mentor texts, music prompts, video clips, art, journaling and style imitation. Teachers in her sessions engaged in some of the lessons and were impressed with the student samples Jenn provided from Spartan Creative Writing students.
Amy Perras, English 1 and Speech teacher, presented Lost Your Creativity? Find Your Mojo. Amy’s presentation was designed to increase the love of writing by drawing out voice, which increases confidence for any writing situation. Teachers engaged in some of Amy’s writing tasks to deepen their own understanding and appreciation of developing voice. Some mini writing activities included: kernel essays, sentence imitation, journaling with specific word choice and target audience, mentor texts, picture prompts.