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ERIC Number: ED019270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 10
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TEACHING HARLEM STUDENTS IN A COLLEGE READINESS WORKSHOP.
SHEPHERD, ANNE BARLOW
THE COLLEGE READINESS WORKSHOP, SPONSORED AND SUPPORTED BY UNION SETTLEMENT, HARLEM, NEW YORK, IN 1964 AND 1965 SERVED 76 NEGRO AND PUERTO RICAN STUDENTS WHO HAD COMPLETED THE JUNIOR YEAR OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN OR COMMERCE HIGH SCHOOLS. ITS PURPOSE WAS TO PROVIDE "ACADEMIC REENFORCEMENT" AND "RIGOROUS TRAINING IN ACADEMIC SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES" FOR STUDENTS WHO WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE HAD LITTLE CHANCE OF ENTERING OR REMAINING IN COLLEGE. BOTH 5-WEEK SUMMER SESSIONS WERE HELD MORNINGS IN COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY'S EARL HALL AND WERE STAFFED BY FIVE FULL-TIME TEACHERS AIDED BY VOLUNTEER COLLEGE STUDENTS. WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS, MOST OF WHOM WERE RANKED ABOVE AVERAGE AND HAD BEEN IN "HONORS" CLASSES, PAID $20 ENTRANCE-FEES AS GESTURES OF COMMITMENT. EACH STUDENT RECEIVED A NOTEBOOK, A DAILY COPY OF THE "NEW YORK TIMES," AND ABOUT 15 PAPERBACK BOOKS AS STUDY MATERIALS. TWENTIETH-CENTURY LITERATURE AND HISTORY AFTER 1920 WERE CORRELATED THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY, AND, WITH COMPOSITION, COMPRISED THE CORE OF THE CURRICULUM. SKILLS IN NOTE-TAKING AND DISCUSSION WERE ALSO TAUGHT. MARKED IMPROVEMENT WAS RECOGNIZED IN THE STUDENTS' COMPETENCIES IN COMPOSITION AND LITERARY INTERPRETATION AS A RESULT OF THEIR WORKSHOP EXPERIENCES. MOREOVER, EXTENSIVE ACTIVITY BY THE FACULTY IN WRITING REFERENCE LETTERS ASSISTED THE STUDENTS IN GAINING COLLEGE ADMISSION. (THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "THE NEW JERSEY ENGLISH LEAFLET," VOL. 28 (WINTER 1967), 1-9.) (RD)
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