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Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades
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[Teacher-talkmsmultilit] multicultural literature #6

From: Lindsay Ball <brynnsmom21_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:15:54 -0400

In workshop video #6, Stanlee Brimberg teaches a unit with the discovered
African burial ground in Manhattan as the center. I have to be honest. I
don't know much about this topic, but I really like how he pulls in a
significant community event into his teaching. It is important for
students to understand what happened in their own backyards.

He starts the unit by showing a video about the discovery of the African
burial ground. Mr. Brimberg has the students take notes on the information
from the video. I like that he divides the work among the students. He
has the students take notes on an assigned year section of the video so
they are not taking notes on the entire movie and can pay attention to most
of what is being presented. Then they come together to share the notes and
work together as a class to get the information they need.

One thing that Mr. Brimberg does is take the students on fieldtrips. One
place they go to is the African burial ground. At the site, the students
are able to see the memorial put up to draw attention to the people buried
there. They are also able to see all the buildings that have been built
over the graves. Another place the students visited was the Trinity church
cemetery. Here was the burial place of Alexander Hamilton. The students
were able to see the difference between the burials of white people and
black people in early American history. The field trips really opened the
students' eyes because they were actually seeing the point Mr. Brimberg was
trying to make instead of just listening to him.

I also enjoyed the guest Mr. Brimberg brought in. His students did a good
job of asking the author questions about the African burial site. Their
guest was well articulated and seemed to be involved in bringing attention
to the burial site.

Lindsay Ball
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