Developing Global Citizenship and Historical Empathy
On June 5, 7th graders presented their art, dramatic performances, and written projects for The Power Project, the culmination of their year-long study of revolutions, with focused units on the Haitian Revolution, the Indian independence movement and partition, and the Iranian Revolution.
The Power Project asks students to make connections across these three 7th grade history units, focusing on one of the following themes and essential questions for their projects: revolutions (What does dismantling oppression look like, and what do we replace it with?), injustice (What does injustice look like on a societal scale?), citizenship (What role does a person’s individual identity play when advocating for social change?), institutions (What kinds of government allow people to make change as their society evolves, and what kinds stifle change?), and the future (How can we draw on the revolutionary movements of the past to build a better future?).
At the multi-room exhibition featuring the Main Stage, the Art Gallery, the Cinema, the Coffee House, and the Literary Salon, GDS 7th graders interrogated history to present original projects. The 7th history teachers (including Julia Blount, Erika Carlson, and Toussaint Lacoste) said that the project perfectly encapsulates their departmental goals of developing global citizenship and historical empathy in our students.
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