Earlier this year, students in Ms. Sykes’ 5th grade classes were forced to take sides in the American Revolution. As they move through history, they are once again required to take sides–this time between the Union and Confederate. Tensions are increasing, Civil War looms and many important people are trying to persuade others to see their point of view.
Through these experiences, students are learning not only to become skilled at persuasive speaking and to recognize patterns in history, they are also learning that the disciplines–language arts and social studies for example–are connected, not isolated. Good writing and communication are essential in politics and activism.
Watch for future attempts (my next big blogging challenge) to post a video clip or two, as students will be recording their speeches this time around.