Tomorrow morning I will be spending some time online with a group of 7th and 8th graders, who are attending a Civil War institute that my friend and fellow teacher, Chris Lese, put together in Milwaukee. This guy is doing amazing things in the classroom and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
I am going to focus on the Shaw Memorial here in Boston and the broader subject of memory. As most of you know my teaching career has been on the high school level and beyond so I don’t mind admitting that I am just a bit nervous about this particular session. I put together a couple of slides including one that features monuments to a wide range of historical figures and events, which I will use to ask the question of why we feel a need to remember and commemorate the past at all. From there I can move into Civil War monuments and the Shaw Memorial.
For those of you more familiar with junior high school students what questions would you ask to encourage reflection on what is a fairly abstract subject? Thanks for your help.