What’s the ‘ECP’? It’s the English Composition Project that my Year 10 Extension English class is working on this term. For those of you from NSW, you’ll recognise the project as being a mini-English Extension II project. It’s not designed to prepare students for the HSC, it’s designed to give students the opportunity to spend time researching a concept of interest and to compose in a form of their choice. It is the ultimate opportunity for student voice and choice. I love EE2 and think it’s important that all students have the opportunity to create a unique and personal composition; not just those deemed to be ‘the most clever’.
As part of the process of the ECP, students are required to find a mentor. The role of the mentor can be as big or small as the mentor and student feel is necessary. The main purpose of having a mentor is to have someone outside of the classroom who can listen to my students’ ideas, provide feedback and read through drafts at the later stage of the project. I’ve told my students that electronic communication is preferable, unless they know the mentor personally and have sought parental approval. And this is where you, dear readers, come into the picture. I have a number of students who are at a loss as to how to locate a mentor … they have tried a few avenues but have not been successful. Networking in this way is new to my students and so I offered to use my network to see if I can locate mentors for them. Each student who wanted to use my network, needed to record the concept and form of their ECP as this will help you to identify if you can be a mentor for that student if it’s your expertise, or if you can recommend another person to be their mentor. Below is a list of the concepts and forms students would like a mentor for. If you are interested, post your name and Twitter i.d. or email below and I/they will contact you soon. The preferred communication method between mentor and student is via edmodo. (If a line has been put through it, the student has now got a mentor!)
Student 1: Expose (form); What is the point of life? (concept) Student 2: Magazine article (form); Pop vs Rock (concept) Student 3: Short story (form); mystery (concept) Student 4: Critical response (form); vampire culture and its popularity (concept) Student 5: Speech (form); Do politicians take their personal prejudices to office? (concept) Student 6: Critical response (form); Should ‘moral crimes’ be regarded as legislation? (concept) Student 7: Short story (form); fantasy genre (concept) Student 8: Short story (form); teenage experiences/realism (concept) Student 9: Blogging (form); Belieberism: fan or freak? (concept) Student 10: Personal essay (form); emotional/mental triggers (concept) Student 11: Poetry/Short story (form); Why do we fear? (concept) Student 12: Blogging (form); Why are people fascinated by the art of Tim Burton? (concept)
Here’s the ECP outline: