Area high school students are earning college credit while discovering critical connections between reading, writing, and the environment by taking the introductory writing course, EWP 190 Writing and the Environment.
A number of talented high school English teachers, appointed as adjunct instructors for ESF, deliver the course in their home schools, making it accessible and convenient for their students.
Earning college credit while still in high school is a key advantage for students enrolled in the ESF in the High School program. Participants also take part in orientation programs and various campus activities offered throughout the year.
Scholarships are available to qualified students who participate in ESF in the High School.
Students who successfully complete an ESF in the High School course, and who meet associated admissions criteria, are guaranteed admission to ESF.
Students taking EWP 190 as part of the ESF in the High School program develop critical thinking skills, which enrich, expand, and deepen their reading and writing experience. They also learn to critique their own writing, and the writing of their peers, with respect to style, organization, development, format, and other rhetorical considerations.
A range of writing activities for the course include brainstorming, free writing, drafting, and revising, resulting in projects such as analytical papers, journals, and environmental children's books. Field trips and retreats may also be part of the curriculum. The objective is to provide multiple ways of thinking about environmental topics in order to understand the complex ways in which they affect individuals, communities, and the world.
In addition to their course work, ESF in the High School participants are invited to take advantage of extensive on-campus resources, including research materials found in the college's Moon Library-- from data bases, to e-journals, to print materials, to photo archives.
Students who've participated in ESF in the High School say they appreciate the challenge of the college-level course work. Aside from noting improvements in their writing and communication abilities, they report growth in their time management and organizational skills.
Contact ESF Outreach at (315) 470-6817 or http://www.esf.edu/outreach/esfhs/.