A New Way to Make History Come Alive
Participate and share : Poster
Tuesday, December 1, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Heather Whitman Deb Bowen Grace Marcus
Help all students become empowered, creative global collaborators. A BOOK by ME is a free, guided cross-curricular project that gathers stories of unsung community heroes. Learn how to publish a picture book that is a primary source document with photographs and a biography.
|Audience:||Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Library media specialists|
|Attendee devices:||Devices required|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||Attendees need to to be able to access an internet browser and view a google slides presentation and give feedback on Padlet. If internet becomes an issue, our google slides presentation will be able to be viewed offline.|
|Topic:||Communication & collaboration|
|Subject area:||Language arts, Social studies|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
|Additional detail:||Student presentation|
Our goal is to empower students to preserve history and tell the story of unsung heroes in our communities and give them a voice to spread their message.
Participants will walk away:
**understanding how A BOOK by ME project is cross curricular in nature and connects people to communities
**aware of the online resources on the website supporting the writing, illustrating, and publishing format and how to get books already published
**understanding how this project can grow and empower students as well as heal and connect community members
Lesson Plans/Instructional Strategies:
Best Practice: Story Telling- We plan to have a student author describe her experience writing the book telling the story of her Jewish survivor grandfather.
Books: We will share the site and point various books students have written.
Scaffolding: Access to the https://www.understandingworks.org/ website with guidelines
Next Steps: Encourage book writing but more importantly, encourage students to take action and change lives.
Evidence of Success
We will include a virtual option to encourage people to ask questions, offer suggestions, make connections with other. Perhaps this will expand country to country. Two girls from Florida interviewed a Jewish Holocaust survivor in Australia via Skype a few years ago. More of these kinds of virtual interviews are likely now during the pandemic,.
Encourage people to provide us ideas on how to spread the word or increase the message.
Technology: Google Slides, Google Forms, Jamboard
A BOOK by ME began preserving stories from the WWII generation in 2003. These books received positive feedback from area teachers, principals and superintendents.
This project was endorsed by Mary Jean Eisenhower, President Eisenhower's granddaughter, in 2012.
Supporting Information from Experiences:
Students have interviewed WWII veterans and found locals who were eyewitnesses to the concentration camps, worked triage at Pearl Harbor, met General Eisenhower, ate Thanksgiving dinner with Eleanor Roosevelt, etc.
Hearing about the Great Depression through the eyes of these subjects is truly special. It has brought hope to children who struggle in various ways. Especially, during the Covid-19 pandemic, students and adults alike are struggling financially or emotionally, a new kind of great depression.
Students who work with veterans have learned about honor. We have overheard students talk about the "sacrifices" made for their freedom.
We have multiple letters of support but can't link them in the presentation.
Deb Bowen was a finalist in the Quad Cities for the National Jefferson Award for her efforts.
Deb Bowen, Creator of A BOOK by ME has been preserving the stories of the WWII era, Civil Rights and more to capture the lessons learned. The unique method is to have young authors interview a person who lived through the experience and write it down. There are now 90 books in her collection of stories written and illustrated by kids for kids. This intergenerational experience is powerful for both the subject and the young person involved. It's a way to honor the stories of our senior citizens while preserving history for the next generation of young readers.