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Sage & Scribes

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High School Students Write
Life Stories of Senior Adults


Sages and Scribes was originally the creation of Interfaith of the Woodlands and is now a joint project between Sam Houston State University and Interfaith.  Senior adults (the SAGES) are matched with high school students (the SCRIBES) who need extra practice in writing.  The high school students at Caney Creek High School were given a series of writing assignments and an informal survey that assessed their perceptions of the elderly.  Both showed negative perceptions of older adults.   They were given the assignment of partnering with a senior adult in the production of a text that was published.  The high school students interviewed their senior partner and, with the help of this person, wrote and published a text of life stories.  Also, readings and discussions on the topic of aging and issues of the elderly took place in their classroom. The end result was not only an improvement in the students’ writing, but an improvement in their perceptions of senior adults in general.  The program has had rave reviews from students, parents, teachers, and senior adults.

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