To most people tie dying a T-shirt seems like an art project, but for students in Kathleen Fowler’s and Sarah Wright’s classes, tie dying became a lesson in writing directions.
“The purpose of the project was to teach the students how to break down a complicated process into steps and write about it clearly, so others can understand and follow that same process. We call this type of writing – process analysis,” Fowler explained.
The instructors and students first talked about the steps involved in making a tie dye design on a T-shirt. The students then chose the designs they wanted to create, tied their shirts, and took them to the tie-dye lab where they applied the colors. When the process was completed, each student wrote out the precise steps they followed to make their unique designs.
“For many of the students, this was their very first opportunity to participate in a tie dye project, and they had lots of fun,” Fowler said. “Their shirts were bright and beautiful, and they were enthusiastic to share about their experience through their writing.”
Forty-two students from East Surry High School participated in the tie-dye project. The students were from two College and Career Promise English 111 classes taught at The Pilot Center. The College and Career Promise program gives high school students the opportunity to take classes through Surry Community College for both college and high school credits at the same time. The tuition for the classes is free. For more information about Surry Community College, go to surry.edu.