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English Students Use Halloween as a Learning Experience

Many AP English IV students will collectively be wearing costumes, during school on Halloween, that goes along with the Greek myths they are currently learning.

“Listening to me lecture is not a memorable experience even if I want it to be, but the day the entire AP English IV class dressed up, like Greek gods, while analyzing Oedipus the King, that is memorable,” English teacher Elizabeth Cherub said.

Cherub is all on bored for this learning technique that Katie Fiedler suggested while they were learning background information about Greek Mythology in class.

“I came up with this idea watching the Greek myths videos in class,” Fiedler said. “I’m participating partially because it was my idea, but largely because I like dressing up—especially flashy dresses.”

Though Fiedler came up with the idea because she thought it would be fun to dress up, many students are deciding to participate for other reasons.

“I’m participating because I heard that there might be bonus points involved,” Savannah Raymond said.

These bonus points are inspiring more and more students to join even though many were already excited.

“I was inspired to give the bonus points, on their project grade, by the excitement they were showing,” Cherub said. “Anytime I can get students to not only embrace elements of literary history but also make it relevant to the present day, I will definitely support it.”

Some students are embracing the idea of connecting who they are dressing up as, with the current day. Peter Young is demonstrating this by choosing a God that in part represents his love for Cross Country.

“I will be Hermes because he is fast and I am fast,” Young said. “Greek mythology has always interested me, so this has just reinforced that interest.”The students of AP English IV have already started analysing the story of Oedipus the King and are ready to connect the tragedy with the Greek Gods they have started to understand more and more about.

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