Write or Wrong: On Kennedy’s Literacy Lab

By Hana Ruiz, Clarion Staff

Writing, spelling, grammar — these are all subjects Kennedy students may struggle with and that’s what Literacy Lab is here for. The Literacy Lab has been around since having opened in the spring of 2017, and offers assistance with paper revisions, test preparations, grammar help, multiple choice testing, and tutoring for English — including AP Language, AP Literature, and ERWC classes. Having been established, the lab has been packed with students this year needing all levels of assistance.

Jennifer Reynaga, AP Literature/Language and Composition teacher is the head of the Literacy Lab. According to Reynaga, “English is a difficult subject to master with whole group structure. In Literacy Lab, students get help that is tailored to their weaknesses. One-on-one helps, particularly in writing.”

For Reynaga, every day presents something new in the Literacy Lab. When asked about the typical attendance to Literacy Lab, she responded “Variably— Sometimes 30 people come or none at all. Sometimes teachers assign papers that causes a whole group comes in to get help, or when there’s nothing due they get help by themselves.”

The students who come to Literacy Lab have lots of energy, the kind that sets the tone of the classroom, which overall encourages others to be comfortable.

Nikisha Dutt, Class of 2020, said, “I’ve been coming here for the past two to three weeks to really get help with my English…. I get help on how to use rhetorical devices and how to write good essays.”

The Literacy Lab provides a friendly environment to study in, students can get help from student tutors or Reynaga herself, and also help each other. Reynaga encourages students to come get help: “If you get a bad grade in English; ask for a retake, rewrite, or ask to get extra credit for coming to Literacy Lab with the assignment that you got a bad grade on. So bring a specific assignment that you are doing or need help with repairing.”

The Literacy Lab is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3:20 pm to 4:20 pm every week in C-302.



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