HAC in the High School

What is the program?
A Trine university professor visits your junior or senior English class on a convenient day and does a hands-on, college-level lesson with your students. At the end, he or she will provide information about Trine’s English and communication programs and allow students to ask any questions they like about the college experience.

What lessons are available?

  • Visual Rhetoric: Making Arguments with Texts and Pictures
    Students examine different ways advertisers manipulate words and images to elicit different emotional responses and create different messages. Students then create their own piece of visual rhetoric.
  • Mass Media Makes the Man (And Woman)
    A brief history of how mass media messages have influenced everything from men’s undershirts to women’s pantyhose to our understanding of racial conflict. Students then do an activity reflecting on how those images influence them.
  • Dear Professor: Dos and Don’ts of Professional Email
    One of the struggles students have in transitioning from high school to college is composing professional email. A key question we get as English instructors is, “How do I email my professor?” Students examine some very poor examples of professional email and revise them.

How long are the lessons?
About 30 minutes with 10-15 minutes of Q&A. Lengths can be adjusted to fit your class.

What do I have to do?
While you are welcome to stay in the classroom and particpate, you are also free to spend the time grading, planning lessons, or doing any of the important things you do on a daily basis.

How do I sign up?
Send an email to Amy Nicholls or call her at (260) 665-4657. She can provide full details on available dates.