After months of hard work planning and executing, members of the Class of 2019 presented their Wolf Run Projects last week.
The Wolf Run Project, which has been part of the ESD curriculum for 20 years, is an inquiry-driven project that allows students to delve into life in mid-19th century North Texas. Students must form an idea based around culture during mid-19th century north Texas, to reflect on life at Wolf Run as it was back in the day.
“As we first started to use Wolf Run, the school asked the junior English and history teachers to collaborate on an interdisciplinary project based on our resources there,” explained Greg Randall, an Upper School English teacher who was at ESD when the project was created.
Juniors, armed with sketchbooks, are sent out in groups all over ESD’s Wolf Run ranch to explore and brainstorm ideas for their projects. They are challenged to develop a relevant argument that juxtaposes a lifestyle in 1850s in North Texas to one in today’s society. Topics like immigration, racial tension, ranching, and medicine have made their way into Wolf Run projects through the years, and the creativity some students produce is remarkable.
“Even after two decades, I am often surprised and impressed with the topics,” said Randall. “Especially how the juniors push the relevance of their 19th-century arguments and draw parallels to contemporary American and world issues.”
This annual educational tradition for juniors won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, and we look forward to the next crop of projects in 2018!