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Cameron High School as Placed-based Writing and History in Film
written by Joy Collins Posted by Cassidy Botts
Monday, September 16, 2019

Cameron High School added several new classes this school year to ensure that students are college and career ready. The new classes include “Placed-based Writing” with Mrs. Melisa Harper-Stemberger and “History in Film” with Mr. Mark Gordon. 

     History of Film covers topics such as segregation and integration. Over the school year, the students will do special activities to help with a better understanding of these topics. Those include watching films that involve history and the topics that will be covered, such as Remember the Titans. 

     “We’re going to take a basic topic the film involves, as far as history, and how the American filmmaker involves on that story,” Gordon said. 

     The past week the students have watched the movie Remember the Titans, a movie about a football team that helped a school in Virginia after a school integration. 

     “We analyze and critique the movie we just watched [Remember the Titans] to see how historically accurate it actually is. It’s a lot of fun,” Bryce Prothero said.

     History of Film has been added to the CHS due to the hopes of increasing both the student and teacher interests. Throughout the school year, the students will participate in film analysis, research papers, essays, and other activities to help them learn. Along with other new classes, this class with give the students more opportunities to learn in a different, more unique way. 

     “Some of the teachers came up with some ideas we can try that will let them still learn the concept but in a different way, something that will apply more to them. That kind of gave birth to these classes such as history of film,” Mr. Anderson said. 

     Place-based Writing is a semester english class for seniors. This senior class involves activities where you write about what you see around you. The students will participate in activities such as presenting a student portfolio in this upcoming winter at the Cameron Library. This event will allow the Class of 2020 to show off their senior scrapbooks to their community. This class then turns into Creative Writing in the second semester of school that is offered to grades 10-12. 

    “They’re writing about their lives, their dreams, their wishes,” Mrs. Harper-Stemberger said. 

    The seniors are now working on a “One-pager” where they are writing about what makes them feel at home.

     Every week the students have different writing prompts. On Mondays the students use a book called “Writing from Home” where they read examples and write about the journals. Tuesdays the students participate in a group writing project. The students were given a packet called “Wednesday OPTION Choices” at the beginning of the year. The packet includes writing prompts such as letters, lists and thinking outside of the box. On Wednesdays the students get to pick whatever is in this packet. Thursdays the students give each other feedback and on Fridays the students finish the revision from Thursday. 

     “I love Wednesdays!” Senior Aubrey Brown said.