The enthusiasm of the AP Language and Composition (AP Lang) students raving about their assigned elective engulfed the library on March 19 during McMahon’s Senior Course Electives Fair. The entire library was closed for all of third block to accommodate the junior students who sought out to teach the underclassmen about the electives offered in place of AP Literature and Composition (AP Literature).
The school requires every student to have four credits of English in order to graduate. For the longest time, students were subject to take English 1, 2, 3, 4 (with a choice of honors and AP for junior and seniors) throughout the four years in which you are to follow a standard english curriculum where you are to develop different literary skills.
However two years ago (2017), the english department decided to implement the electives because senior english classes.
“We got rid of English 4 and came up with these different types of courses, similar to how you would choose classes in college. You take one that interest to you,” says AP Lang teacher Dani Brown.
While taking a year of standard english curriculum like AP Lit is still an option for seniors, opting for two electives tailored to your interests is another viable option.
“I literally love the electives. I would be so depressed if I had to take AP Lit. They are just so interactive and fun and easy going. It’s not as ‘classroom’ like,” says senior A'niaya Nieves, who took to following electives for her senior english credit: Greece to Gotham, Public Speaking, and Approach to Film and Media.
The Senior Course Electives Fairs main goal is to inform the students of the nine electives that are offered in place of English 4. Each elective is a semester long; two electives are required the listing to get that final credit for english.
The electives are…
Every elective has a “Honors Challenge”option in which you are able to get honors credit for an elective. In addition to taking the class, each elective has its own set of rigorous projections that the students have to complete on their own time according to their due dates.
All english classes that took place during B day, third block were invited to experience the fair. Upon arrival, AP Lang teaches Dani Brown and Eric Carroll tried their best to introduce the Electives Fair for context.
After going to as many stations as desired, Brown and Carroll encourage students to take a survey on one of many computers off to the side of the library. The survey will be used to inform the teachers how popular each elective is in order to prepare for new options if need be. By the end of the fair, there were a total of 154 students who took the survey.
The middle of the library is the main event: every elective represented by a group of up to three students. Each station, with it’s own presentation and explanation of their assigned elective, was as creative as it was enjoyable. With different photo ops, quizzes, and challenges to win a prize tailored for their elective, the onlookers had just as much fun at the fair then those presenting their projects.
“It’s been very exciting. There’s a lot of people coming through; we’re trying as hard as we can to promote our course. It’s very fun actually,” said Jackson Dino (‘20) who was running the “Greece to Gotham: The Evolution of the Hero” elective with Matt Zeller (‘20).
Broadening a student’s class options is a great step in improving the overall curiosity and enjoyment of a student’s experience in McMahon; giving students a chance to learn about these different academic opportunities is what the Senior Course Electives Fair sought out and accomplished to do.