The 10th-graders in East Islip High School English teacher Greg Kguloian’s classes pulled out all the stops for their final Lit.2 Life project for the academic year. Created and filmed in June by the students in the school’s television production studio, with the cooperation of technology instructor James Connell, “Lit.2 Life 3” served as a humorous homage to “America's Most Wanted” and a bridge from language arts to technology.
“The ‘America's Most Wanted’ angle was inspired – it gave credulity to this project,” explained Kguloian. “My students took a fictional character, Miro Shantas, from the novel ‘After the First Death’ by Robert Cormier, and created an episode of ‘America's Most Wanted’ where Miro’s story was the theme.”
The students found the work enjoyable but were dead serious when it came time to go on camera. “The kids had so much fun laughing and working together to decide, in common, which script to use and how to present it,” Kguloian explained. “But when the video began recording, it turned into a student version of a movie set. The actors suddenly became very serious and concerned on camera. This was one of the best after-school extra-credit opportunities of the year. Who said education can't be enjoyable?”
The student-made video can be viewed here