Hi Kim - I teach at Leyden which serves Northlake, Franklin Park, Rosemont, River Grove, and Schiller Park. I teach freshmen honors. Our class includes a political science unit which we are on now. We have also studied genocide, religion, and economics. I would love to recruit some of my students to comment on your students' blogs. I would probably make it optional for my students offering some sort of homework trade reward or extra credit for participating. That way, we'd only get the most motivated of my students. Do you think this is ok? My email address is email@example.com. Or post back on my wall.
What an inspiration to read about your blogging activities! I would be happy to be a responder. I would prefer to read the materials too--if you have those posted, I will see which I've read and which I need to read.
Your name and e-mail: Shawn Marie LaTorrefirstname.lastname@example.org
What you do: Special School Programs Director
Where you call home: Austin, Texas
Why this project interests you: I've taught about the Holocaust; I've written an interdisciplinary unit for middle schoolers on it; I've attended special seminars on the Holocaust; I believe we simply must continue to teach about it even as our survivors dwindle.
Why you believe students should do a project like this:
The books Ryan was talking about are called "A History of US" by Joy Hakim. There are 11 total. Hakim bascially took every interesting story about historical people, places and things and put them into a fun non-fiction narrative. The kids love them. The district bought us two class sets to share per grade level, so it is not something I use everyday. :)