Upper School language arts teacher, Jenni Eno, is taking her Real World Learners on a journey, asking them to find the “hero in your own story”. Only the story isn’t their own, but that of the 5th graders at Mile High Academy. Upper-school students are writing a graphic novel based on these real characters. This RWL assignment uses mentoring, leadership, writing, journalism, CHERISH values, and more to produce a final product that will have the ultimate authentic audience.
Mrs. Eno and Mrs. Little’s classes are partnering once a week so that their students can get to know each other through interviews and recesses. The students are getting to know each other and are finding out the likes and dislikes of their mentee and then taking this feedback and turning it into a Superhero character.
Little was quick to point out that the “kids look forward to playing with their older peers. It gives them confidence and assures them that playing is still okay even when they get older.” It’s mentorship projects like these that make a Preschool through 12th grade program so great. One 5th grader was so excited by the project, she had her own comments on the RWL, “I hope they give me a cape”.
The Upper School students are encouraged to find the unique in each child, asking questions that bring students out of their shells to be their genuine selves. When they start talking about their dreams and their real “super powers”, like kindness and sharing, the Upper School students start to see their story come alive. That is when they can go back and outline their plot and build their storyboards.
When they’re finished with their books, the students will present their projects to their mentees for critiquing. Seeing themselves through the eyes of their own heroes–that will be a special day.
— Agape Hammond; text and photo