In October 2016 I had the opportunity to present at the New York State English Council Conference in Albany, New York. While at the conference I learned about the many ways to hone in on literacy skills with students at the middle school level. One of the take-aways for me as an educator was to remember to continue to use picture books to engage students in learning - YES - even at the middle school and high school levels. Picture books can serve as a great source of historical perspective, not to mention that the illustrations are great for engaging students in historical topics. So...to celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February, students in 8th grade social studies learned about two perspectives of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of children in two separate picture books.
About the Author
Mrs. Jennifer Hesseltine teaches United States History at the Malone Middle School in Malone, New York. When not at school, Mrs. Hesseltine can be found researching innovative ways to peak student interest in learning. Mrs. Hesseltine was recently accepted into the first cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators, the education initiative of TED Talks. Mrs. Hesseltine is also a contributing author of the Teaching Channel Blog, and has also contributed ideas to the TED-Ed Blog and Education Week Teacher with Larry Ferlazzo. Contact Mrs. Hesseltine via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Twitter @jenhesseltine.