ERIC Number: ED352545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Silent No More: Voices of Multi-Cultural and Working Class Peoples in Modern America. Final Report.
Lutheran Social Mission Society, Philadelphia, PA. Lutheran Settlement House.
A multicultural history curriculum for adult basic education students was developed that focused on struggles and achievements of minority and low-income people in post-World War I eras. A curriculum developer located historical texts and primary sources on crucial events in the post-World War I period and the contributions of low-income and minority people. This information was synthesized into narratives that described eight historical events or eras. Teachers in eight classes assigned writing topics on these events to their students. Students were interviewed to obtain oral histories. The narratives, student writings, and oral histories were edited, revised, and organized into eight chapters. Reading comprehension and writing exercises and activities were created to accompany each chapter. Teachers and adult learners who participated in the field testing of the manual had positive reactions. (The eight-page report is followed by the curriculum manual, "Lessons from Our Past: A Multi-Cultural Approach to Recent American History." A section of notes for teachers includes suggestions for incorporating the history of low-income and minority people into the traditional history curriculum and lists additional resources. The eight chapters cover World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression, migration and immigration, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the women's movement. Each chapter contains narratives, student writings, oral histories, exercises, and activities. Appendixes include maps, answer keys, and end notes.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Basic and Literacy Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Lutheran Social Mission Society, Philadelphia, PA. Lutheran Settlement House.