ERIC Number: ED306577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Enrichment Viewing: A School and Community Collaboration on Literature.
Lows, Suzanne K.; Vogt, Lorna C.
Illinois English Bulletin, v76 n3 p32-34 Spr 1989
English teachers have long pondered two problems: the promotion of worthwhile adventures in the study of literature; and the plight of students incarcerated in "study halls." The two problems can be alleviated by a common solution--quality literature selections on videotape with a VCR and television screen for student use only, located in the library/media center. Students build their literature background through videotapes of literature pieces in a relaxed manner on their own time and at their own pace. This personal viewing of significant pieces of literature is entitled Enrichment Viewing, and has been successful for three years at Sycamore High School in Illinois. The first step in establishing an Enrichment Viewing program at Sycamore was to contact the librarian/media director, who quickly agreed to the project. After research, the English Department chairperson and the librarian chose initial tapes, VCR, television monitor, and the type of anchoring equipment that would be needed. The total cost of initiating the program was $2,395. After obtaining the principal's approval, a grant request was submitted to the Sycamore Education Foundation. The Foundation, composed of civic and business leaders, makes funds available through grants to purchase enrichment materials that the school district could not otherwise afford. The request was approved quickly. Of course, not all students chose to participate in the program, but many did. As the years have passed, the original core of videos has been supplemented with other tapes, supporting various aspects of the English curriculum. (MM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
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