Class Connects With Literature Through Nature

English 12 class by pond

English 12 students Alexander Dick, Will McMann, Thomas Schiff, Esther Morales-Guzman, Joseph Intrieri, & Logan Winnie on the nature trail along Smith Pond.

Just like Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, high schoolers often need a break from the pressures that come with being adolescents and students. With this in mind, Mr. Sloman took his English 12 class out to the forested trails on campus so his students could experience the simplicity of being alone with one’s thoughts and imagination, and allow a stream of consciousness to circulate through their minds. The class has been reading from The Catcher in the Rye, in which Holden provides a steady flow of his thoughts and opinions that he intertwines with his day-to-day activities. The nature walk gave the students an opportunity to walk alone with just their thoughts, like Holden, and then reflect through a freewriting activity. The activity allowed the students to remember that they will always have their feelings and ideas, and it is often nature that can be a powerful conduit in inspiring the words to translate onto paper.

Posted in District, High School.