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ERIC Number: EJ772752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Candles in Our Windows
McGrath, Kathryn
Teaching Tolerance, n27 p54-56 Spr 2005
"Candles in Our Windows"--also titled "Nightlights"--is a play developed for elementary and middle school students about how residents in Billings, Montana, took a stand against hate. Last March, the 6th-grade students of Woodland Elementary School in New Jersey performed an early version of the play based on a children's book, "The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate", by Janice Cohn. While teachers Patricia Clark and Delores Olma chose the play to conclude a unit on World War II and offer an uplifting end to a long discussion of the Holocaust and American use of the nuclear bomb, they were amazed at the connections the suburban 12-year-olds made between the play, their own lives and the nightly news--from the FBI's detention of local Muslims to problems at school. The play details how the city of Billings responded when Jews and people of color were targeted anonymously by white supremacists. After rocks were thrown through the windows of homes displaying Hanukkah decorations, many people in the town placed drawings and photocopies of menorahs in their windows as a sign of support. The play illuminates issues of tolerance and understanding for young students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Montana; New Jersey