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ERIC Number: ED440900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Pages: 8
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Peace Crane Project: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
LeBert, Linda L.; Calais, Jerry; Cuevas, Phyllis; Fruge', Hugh; Gardiner, Judy Carter; Larmon, Marilyn; Rees, Jocelyn
To model collaboration and to "practice what we teach," a group of faculty members at McNeese State University in Louisiana developed a college-wide theme based on the book, "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes." This book was selected because of the importance of seeking and achieving peace in a world that is struggling and, seemingly, losing the battle to establish peaceful environments for children and adults. In the book the heroine, Sadako, is dying of leukemia as a result of radiation from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Japan) when she was two years old. Sadako learned that by folding a thousand paper cranes she might be cured of the disease. Multiple copies of the book and of relevant videos were ordered for the curriculum materials center. Each instructor electing to participate in the project centered a portion of his or her instruction around the book. The final goal was to have at least one thousand paper cranes hanging in the education building by the end of the semester. The book was utilized in various ways in courses teaching remedial reading, content area reading, social studies methods, and mathematics methods. The interdisciplinary challenge of developing a unit focusing on peace is enhanced by the availability of materials on the Internet. The educators felt a responsibility to foster peace within their classrooms. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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