A unique competition for rhyme and wit had teachers showing off their word skills for writers week.
At Libertyville High School, teachers faced off in a battle of wits in front of an auditorium filled with enthusiastic students, battling each other with comical arguments.
The arguments were for using words. For example, English teacher Ryan Ebling argued for the word “bling” as history teacher advocated for “swag”. They had spent a week writing comical arguments lasting four minutes.
“When Run–D.M.C. first hit the scene in the mid-1980s with their gold chains as big as ropes around their neck, they were making a statement about how far they’ve come,” said Elbling, stating his argument.
District 128 had a Writers Week series of activities that showed students the value of writing and how to have some fun with it. There was a different set of battles for each class period, with student applause determining the victor.
According to English teacher Mary Kate Schoenbeck who wass an organizer of the event, “We wanted to showcase math teachers, history teachers and science teachers writing and making a difference through persuasion. It was a major goal to have writing skills demonstrated by more than just English teachers.”