Photo courtesy Meghan Woundedhead 
RESEARCH—Seniors Jane Walsh (left) and Pax O’Phinney get overwhelmed with their “Hamlet” research after returning to WHS.

AP Lit, Comp students do college-level research
Students travel to Augustana University Mikkelson Library

By Hannah Wentzel

“Advanced” was the word as members of the Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition class traveled to Augustana University’s Mikkelson Library to do college-level research as they wrapped-up first semester Nov. 28, 2018.
Teacher Meghan Woundedhead said the goal of the experience was to provide students with a first-hand opportunity to do post-secondary level research using collegiate materials and databases. 

“We spent time looking for literary criticism analyzing different elements of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet,’” Woundedhead said. “While we do utilize databases here at WHS, searching at a college library can be intimidating. College databases have a much greater access to scholarly journals and literary criticism, so it’s a positive experience for our class to research at Mikkelsen Library.” 

Woundedhead said it is a great way for her AP students to get ready for what comes next for them. 

“I frequently hear from past graduates that this Augie library experience has given them an advantage in their college freshman courses as they are comfortable with searching, citing and referencing academic resources,” she said. “In fact, they’ve had a definite edge over their college peers often getting compliments from professors on their research know-how.” 

Senior Rachel Wilson said it was a good opportunity.

“The Hamlet project we worked on in class was both challenging and exciting to analyze this particular literature,” Wilson said. “The trip to Augustana opened up different sources we were able to use to get a better understanding of the play as a whole. It was cool for the teachers to set up a trip to help us write our essays.” 

Woundedhead said overall it was a good experience.

“We just want students to have experience with literary criticism as well as college research so they are readily prepared for the next level,” Woundedhead said. 


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