First Annual Literacy Day 2014
Acclaimed Young Adult Author Sophie Jordan was the keynote speaker at EECHS’s first annual literacy day. The event was organized by librarian Cynthia Ramos to serve as the kick-off to a year of literacy infusion at the campus. Students rotated through a variety of literacy activities such as SAT Pictionary and Apples to Apples, higher-level math reading strategies, reader’s theatre with scripts from popular television series such as The Big Bang Theory, the history of banned books, sensory poetry writing using pets, and art projects that focused on figurative language. With large groups of students, author Sophie Jordan talked about the writing process from how story ideas are generated all the way through the process of publication. She spoke about her friendships with other popular authors such as Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth. Ms. Jordan wrote the popular Firelight series that is soon to be made into a mini-series. According to Ms. Jordan, “If you consider yourself a reader, then the next logical step is to be a writer. And you can write anywhere…I write waiting in the car line to pick my kids up from school, at their gymnastics studio, and anywhere that I have a few spare minutes.” She encouraged students to write from their own experiences rather than to write about places they have never been or things they have never done. Her current novel Uninvited which deals with genetic markers was sold out at East Early College prior to the afternoon book signing session. Feedback from students, teachers and administrators about looking at literacy in different and engaging was both positive and enthusiastic.