Duty– an act or work or service
Funding– to provide money
Graduate– to be granted a degree or diploma
Hired Help– to pay a person for a service
Illiterate– unable to read or write
Kin– family, one’s relatives
Literate– able to read or write
Luxuries– something that costs a lot of money for fun or comfort
Mill– a building with machinery; factory
Opportunity– to get a chance to advance; to do well
Poverty– to be poor
Privy– an outhouse; an outside bathroom
Sassing– back-talking; to talk back
Society– the rich, privileged
Talent– a special ability
Telegraph– a machine used to send messages by wire
Unique– one of a kind
Research: Individual students or small groups. Students utilize a variety of research materials to create a short presentation about the different stages of Wil Lou Gray’s life; as a child living in Laurens, as a young lady going to college, as a young lady teaching in a one room schoolhouse, as a young woman working with adult education and as the person helping to start the South Carolina Opportunity School later named for Dr. Wil Lou Gray.
Character Education: After researching Dr. Wil lou Gray, the students should list the qualities that enabled her to achieve her goals as well as the obstacles she faced. Compare Dr. Wil Lou Gray with one of today’s leaders in education.
Bulletin Board: Create a class bulletin board of Wil Lou Gray’s life.
38. Compare and Contrast: Compare and contrast the physical appearance, both inside and out, of Wil Lou Gray’s first school and your school today. Which school would you rather go to for your education and why? Explain.
Analysis: Why was it so difficult to get adults educated? How did an education impact their family and communities?
Debate: Debate the community conflict of educating adults. Why was there disagreement over educating illiterate adults in rural communities?
Map Skills: Locate Laurens and the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School in West Columbia on a South Carolina state map. Create driving directions from Laurens to the school.
Research: Class or small group project. Investigate the enrollment application process for the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School. Who should apply? What educational opportunities are available? What are the requirements of the school? How many students are enrolled? What type of housing is available?
Field Trip: Take a field trip to the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School in West Columbia. School Contact should be made for approval: 803-896-6480, Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School, 3300 West Campus Road, West Columbia, SC 29170