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

From: Debbie Barron <debbiejbarron_at_gmail.com_at_learner.org>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:58:53 -0600
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I think through this video I was more intrigued with the African Burial Ground than I was with the actual teaching. The first thing I did after watching the video was look it up on the internet. I plan on visiting the African Burial Ground on my next visit to New York.

I kept wondering how the Burial ground was built over. Were the graves not marked? Was it prejudice for race or poverty? Or both? I had no idea that out of the first six million immigrants to New Amsterdam over five million were African. Why isnít this a well known fact?

As for the teaching ideas, I love any type of teaching that is meaningful and creative. I thought Mr. Brimbergís use of poetry and history was very effective. I liked how he had the students write from the prospective of one of the residents of the African Burial Ground after they had acquired a knowledge base of the history from different sources. The studentís poetry was outstanding. I liked also how he told them that they would learn constructive criticism because that is what writers do. Creating a postage stamp was a great culminating activity. You could combine this with all of the elements of the visual representation from workshop 2.

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