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In this Voicethread, students and teachers react and reply to the Letters from the Internment Camps project.
Attached to this resource is a table of resources that provided inspiration to our students as they became Change Writers. Each book title or media resource is marked as appropriate for fourth grade, eighth grade, or both.
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Through this project we discovered that students, even young students, care deeply about issues of social injustice and are eager to examine examples from their immediate communities and to compare how they are similar or different to what students in other locations are observing or experiencing. Students are also quite capable of delving into complex social issues that span communities and...
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Here is a short video that describes our Change Writers project at Marsh Jr. High School.
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This video highlights the work of student change writers in several classrooms in Elk Grove, CA. Educators working with these students include Gail Desler, Pam Bodnar, Lesley McKillop, Hallie Ferrier, and Lutricia Hardaway.
"A Voicethread is a visual podcast, and it always starts with an image..." Gail Desler discusses Voicethread and fourth grade students creating a Voicethread to think about tolerance and intolerance as part of a lesson on history and Japanese internment camps.
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My journeys to the African continent permanently changed my perspective on the human condition. Traveling through Ugandan schools and HIV/AIDS clinics in 2002 and the ravaged villages in post-genocide Rwanda in 2004 during the 10th anniversary "Remembrance" left the resounding sounds of "never again" in my mind. Africa's visible beauty, color, and music reflected the underlying resiliency and...
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In the summer of 2008, I traveled to New York City to participate in the National Writing Project's Holocaust Memorial Library Seminar. This amazing event brings together middle school through college educators for two weeks of learning and collaborating about effective methods and approaches to teaching about the Holocaust, as well as more recent genocides.  As I listened to the powerful lessons...