By Pauline Harner
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon has added some new enrichment classes for the second quarter. One of them is creative writing, which is taught by John Leal. The other teacher is Tammy Howard, who teaches digital storytelling.
Mr. Leal’s class allows students’ creativity to flow. Neither classes use pencil and paper. Creative writing and digital storytelling are similar because they both offer a fun and creative way to help students become better with writing.
Creative writing is basically a class to work on students’ writing skills. Much like the journalism elective, students get to write stories, but in creative writing they write poems as well, and the stories are usually fictional. Creative writing is where students can be themselves and write as much as students possibly can.
“I plan to help students in the enrichment class by offering a safe environment to feel safe in sharing their creative and expressive ideas that many may be too shy to share,” said eighth-grade language arts teacher Mr. Leal.
Digital storytelling is a class to get to know all the video creation tools and everything students will need to create a story through a video.
“It will hopefully teach them to work better in groups and learn how to collaborate with others,” said eighth-grade language arts teacher Ms. Howard.
Although creative writing is a lot of writing, digital storytelling is a lot of camera and video work. Digital storytelling can kind of help students with stagefright, to get over that fear.
Even though students have only been in these classes for a month, they are really enjoying these new enrichment opportunities.
“My favorite thing about that class is that it’s fun and we get to do something on a creepy movie,” said eighth-grader Lodi Marin.
Enrichment classes are scheduled during the Study Skills time and are available for students who have demonstrated mastery on recent math objectives.