English Language Learners at WHS
by Morgan, Grace, Colton, and Emma P-S
Our production team decided to tell the story of English Language Learners at WHS. We already had a connection with Mrs. Suggs and knew she would give a great interview, but more importantly we were excited to tell this story because not a lot of people really know or understand what ELL is.
We set up an interview with Mrs. Cassandra Suggs and to say it went well is an understatement. She did an amazing job describing ELL, how it benefits students, and how she teaches. After the interview with Mrs. Suggs, we asked her if any students would be interested in doing an interview. Unfortunately, she has a shy group of students this year, but she managed to convince two students to talk to us. Both of their interviews went really well, too. We loved how much they emphasized that ELL is a family.
After getting all three of our interviews done, it was time to slate and log to find the soundbites we wanted to use. From there it was time to write our script. That process went by very smoothly.
When it came time to start editing, we really struggled to get b-roll. Due to Mrs. Suggs' unique teaching style, it was very difficult to get b-roll of her just teaching and the kids interacting with her in class. There were also days when we went to go get b-roll, but couldn’t because they either had a substitute teacher, were watching a movie, taking a test, etc.
Even though it was difficult to get b-roll, it helped us understand her way of teaching and interacting with her students. It also helped us understand why the students we interviewed described the class as a family rather than just an average class.
Knowing we had to get creative, we did some shots with books, flashcards, and other objects so we had b-roll to help our story move along.
This story has helped us learn about a class at WHS that not a lot of people fully understand. Because of the great interviews, we now know what ELL is. We also have a greater understanding of how beneficial Mrs. Suggs' class is for ELL students. We hope that this story also helps our viewers understand more about ELL, too.