Wordle 101: English Department’s Newest Elective (April Fools)

Editors' Note: This satire article is a part of The Gettysburgian's annual April Fools' special edition and is not a real news story.
Screengrab courtesy of Wordle

Screengrab courtesy of Wordle

By Gracie Meisner, Features Editor

Next semester, students can keep their eyes glued to their screens in the English Department’s newest elective, Wordle 101. 

The newest addition to the Fall 2022 course catalog, Wordle 101 (ENG 113), will offer students the opportunity to not only to solve the daily Wordle in a collaborative, supportive, and inclusive environment, but to critically analyze selected words through a myriad of lenses, considering the racial, ethnic, gendered, socio-economic, religious and intersectional implications of letter selection and initial word patterns in this iconic game. 

The English Department Chair Kathryn Rhett argues that, in today’s political climate, it is essential that Gettysburg students learn to unpack and grapple with the complex narratives hidden within the Wordle selection. 

“Gettysburg is leading the way in helping its students see the real world implications of seemingly mindless games. We hope to continue to expand offerings of this kind with the creation of future advanced courses focusing on Lewdle and Heardle,” said Rhett. 

Wordle 101 will fulfill multiple curriculum requirements, including Global Understanding, Informed Citizenship, and the Interdisciplinary requirement.

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Author: Gracie Meisner

Gracie Meisner ’25 serves as the Assistant News Editor for The Gettysburgian. She previously served as the Features Editor and a staff writer for the News, Features, and Sports sections. Gracie is a sociology and public policy double major, with a minor in German studies. On campus, Gracie is an Eisenhower Scholar Mentor, a member of the Gettysburg College swim team, a Junior PEEP for Counseling Services, Vice President of the Women’s Network, Vice President for the Amnesty International Club, and a volunteer for the Center for Public Service’s CASA Sunday Swimming program.

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