Mary Latimer, Manassas English professor, recently had her English 111 students write a letter to the editor of The Washington Post. The instructions to her students were simple: they were to read The Washington Post and find an article of interest, preferably one in which they have a personal connection, then follow it up with a letter in response to the piece they read and submit it.
Imagine the surprise when Latimer checked the Post to see that not one, or two, but three of her students had been published. The families were of course thrilled as well. One student said that her father went to two convenient stores and bought all copies of the newspaper with his daughter’s work published.
“I love this assignment because it gives students a chance, in real-time, to engage in conversation with the larger world about the issues in today’s society. I think it is empowering,” said Latimer.
The three articles were published in the September 16 issue of The Washington Post and are now on display in MC 231 (Colgan Hall) on a bulletin board for other students on the Manassas Campus to see and read at their leisure.