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MS / Junior High School Teacher
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7th and 8th grade Social Studies
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At 4:30pm on April 5, 2012, Lisa Ripley said…

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 Or post back on my wall.

At 12:32pm on April 5, 2012, Cathy Leogrande said…

Hey Kim - I have started commenting on the students' blog posts. I will try to get my preservice & inservice teachers to get involved also.

Cathy Leogrande, Le Moyne College, Syracuse NY

At 11:07am on April 5, 2012, Regina Schaffer said…

Hi Kim I would love for my 8th graders to comment on your student's blog posts. Is that possible? 

At 10:48am on April 5, 2012, Shawn LaTorre said…

Hi Kim,

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

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.

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This is just a snapshot of the project. If you would like to learn more about it and are interested, the main page for the blog can be found at:


At 8:19am on March 15, 2010, Ryan Goble said…
Hey Kim if you haven't seen: COMICS: American & World History Ink & 1.26.09 FRAMING AMERICAN HISTORY you might dig the resources at those two posts!!!

At 4:57pm on March 10, 2010, Susan said…
Hi Kim,
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. :)

Here's a link:


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