West Branch Alumni Ken Smith visited Miss Wallace’s freshmen English classes to lead a discussion on education during the Renaissance as part of their Renaissance Research Project. Students have been working diligently to research a subject of their choosing from the Renaissance in order to write their first formal research paper and learn about the world Shakespeare lived in through the process. After turning in their papers this week, students will use their knowledge to create an interactive project so that they can put on a Renaissance Faire December 21st and 22nd. The goal is to transform their knowledge into an interactive experience that other classes can enjoy as they participate in the Renaissance Faire throughout the day.
Mr. Smith (who has a B.A. in Animal Science and World History and Master degrees in Animal Welfare and Behavioral Psychology & Counseling from Ohio State University and Cincinnati) was a participant in theater and has spent a lot of time studying/experiencing Shakespearean theater. It was a great opportunity for him to share his knowledge of how education was perceived during Shakespeare’s time in Renaissance London. Miss Wallace and her students would like to thank Mr. Smith for taking the time to visit WBHS and share his knowledge.