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ERIC Number: EJ957086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Young Children as Activists: Celebrating Black History Month and Marian Wright Edelman's Work
Dubois, Brigitte Emmanuelle
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v24 n2 p18-22 Nov-Dec 2011
Inspired by the life of Marian Wright Edelman, a kindergarten class from Capitol Hill Day School conducted a demonstration for the needs and rights of children and marched across the brick paths of Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, directly across the street from the White House. Marian Wright Edelman was the subject of a school-wide Black History Month study at the pre-K-8 grade independent school. Each year, teachers vote to select one black American to be the focus of an in-depth exploration in every classroom during the month of February. At each grade level, teachers frame the scope of the study to respond to specific interests, needs, and developmental stages of the children whom they teach. The shared knowledge that grew out of this school-wide approach to Black History Month unified the school community across grade levels and became a tradition that students and teachers looked forward to each year. This article details the exploration of the life of Marian Wright Edelman as it unfolded in a kindergarten classroom. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia