• Q1 (8/22-11/1) -  What’s Your Story?: An examination of the importance of storytelling (English 12 VDOE SOLs 12.3 - 12.7)

    • Writing: Personal Narrative Focus
    • Literary Analysis: Night by Elie Wiesel
    • Collaboration / Discussion: Storytelling and Culture
    • IR Project 1: Focus on Personal Narrative Writing (biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, etc.)

    Q2 (11/6-1/17) - Why Does Writing Matter? An exploration of the importance of writing skills through real-world and professional applications (English 12 VDOE SOLs 12.1; 12.5 - 12.7)

    • Writing: Technical/Post-Grad Focus (Resume, Cover Letter, Professional Email, Proposal)
    • Literary Analysis: A selection of non-fiction, subject-matter texts
    • Collaboration / Discussion: Interviewing Skills and Panel Discussions 
    • IR Project 2: Non-fiction 

    Q3 (1/22-3/26) - What’s Your Problem?: A research-based approach to solving a student-selected real-world problem. (English 12 VDOE SOLs 12.1; 12.5; 12.7; 12.8)

    • Writing: Research Focus 
    • Literary Analysis: A selection of non-fiction, subject-matter texts 
    • Collaboration / Discussion: Interviewing an expert; Small Group Collaboration; Small Group Presentations  
    • IR Project: Student Choice 

    Q4 (3/30- 5/15) (Students participating in Capstone Fieldwork) or 6/1 (non-Capstone students) - How Did We Get Here and What Will We Leave Behind?: A creative, multi-genre reflection at students’ senior year experiences and the lessons they’ll leave behind. (English 12 VDOE SOLs 12.2 - 12.4)

    • Writing: Creative Focus
    • Literary Analysis: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Collaboration / Discussion: “One Second Projects”;  Multimedia documentation of everyday events; Multi-Genre Presentations
    • IR Project: Student Choice