A Couple Reasons why the LJP Isn’t So Bad

by Alex Slusher

If you have not already written a Literary Journalism Project, I am sure you have heard about it. The feared paper is a staple of English 11 at OES.

For those who have not heard of it, the project is a piece of literary journalism which is achieved by compiling an interview, a site visit, and extensive research. The LJP was created by Diane Herschleb, who started assigning the project to juniors in the late eighties. The LJP is a right of passage to OES graduates. Despite the common notion that the LJP is a dreadful paper, one which drowns you in work and stress, here are a couple reasons to look forward to the month-long junior assignment:

Long Projects are Nothing New

Anyone who has spent a year at OES has completed a science research project, and these endeavors prepare us for the LJP. You have already worked on a project that consumes the majority of a semester, so this project shouldn’t scare you at all. Plus, there is no research plan or poster board, just a paper.

You Chose Your Topic

This is not an essay about a book you struggled through. It is a project surrounding a topic, or thing of your choice. Think of the issues most important to you, or places you enjoy visiting most. LJP topics can range from the Opioid Epidemic to MOD Pizza.

There are Plenty of Work Periods

Although the project requires out of school site visits and interviews, the English 11 staff is very accommodating with work time. We have spent weeks working on our papers in class, and teachers are always available to meet. On Sunday, teachers devoted part of their weekend to meeting with students and helping them complete their papers.

Start thinking about a cool idea now, finding a topic important to you will make the writing process much easier.

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