History Comes Alive: The School Writing Fair

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Hunting for time to teach history—on top of high-stakes math and reading standards? George Hall Elementary School in Mobile, Ala., a 2009 winner of the Dispelling the Myth Award, shares its solution: a writing fair that draws its themes from social studies. In this year end project, a hallway timeline runs from 1607 to the present, kids take Internet field trips, fifth-graders pose as Uncle Sam or Rosie the Riveter, and student writing papers the corridors. Once a failing school, George Hall has become one of Alabama’s highest performers.
Presenters: Melissa Mitchell, writing support teacher; Swanee Terry, third-grade teacher; and Jennifer Harris, fifth-grade teacher, George Hall Elementary School, Mobile, Ala.

November 4 2010