The Middle School English and History Departments teamed up and redesigned the RWT (Research, Writing & Technology) course, with the aim to prepare students for the signature History project in the late spring. This project, Night of the Notables, focuses on an event or invention of the 20th century, presented through the eyes of the inventor or a person who was significantly affected by the event/invention. The students are led through the brainstorming process for the particular event/invention they choose and then instructed on how best to gather resources in our library. Everyone in the class is required to visit the School's writing lab twice during the process and incorporate the suggestions provided by the Upper School English teachers who work with them. Peer editing also takes place. Toward the end of the quarter students work on a presentation that must incorporate technology. Whether they create a video, PowerPoint, Prezi, VoiceThread, or something else, RWT students bring the historical significance of their event or invention to life in a one-minute presentation.
Recent RWT topics include: the invention of the microwave oven, the sinking of the Titanic, the discovery of penicillin, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, the Manhattan Project, the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, the invention of the barcode, the invention of the Apache weapons systems, the invention of the Polaroid camera, and the creation of the United Nations.