FOR SITE ADVISORS, LITERACY ASSISTANTS, TUTORS
W R I T I N G E X E R C I S E S
Also good for “Read Aloud, Think Aloud,” or dialogue/discussion.
Remind students that writing can be a kind of therapy, a safe place to put feelings and thoughts, a safe place to think about things. Tell them they may write about things that they don’t want anyone else to read, and that is okay.
1) Do you think WE ARE AMERICA: A TRIBUTE FROM THE HEART presents a balanced view of history? What happens if history books focus on only one version of history?
2) Why is it important to be honest about the past? Write about an example from your own life—when being honest about the past helped you.
3) Write about a hero/heroine in your own life.
Kalpana Chawla; Franklin Delano Roosevelt
38) What do you think makes a country good?
M O R E T I T L E S B Y T H E M Y E R S E S
Looking Like Me; Harlem; Jazz; Blues Journey; Monster; Autobiography of My Dead Brother; Time to Love: Stories from the Old Testament
A D D I T I O N A L R E S O U R C E S
Walter Dean Myers’ wonderful website
Who is America? A beautiful site and companion to the book, We Are America. Created by Christopher Myers. Focuses on children.
P L A C E S T O V I S I T
The Museum of Chinese in America
National Museum of the American Indian (free)
El Museo del Barrio
Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture
Museum at Eldridge Street
PBS series “Finding Your Roots” with Skip Gates
HBO series “John Adams”
PBS series “Triangle Fire” (on the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and labor conditions)
PBS series “Children of the Camps” (Japanese internment)
PBS series “We Shall Remain” (Native American history)
American Roots Music (oral histories with musicians):
Library of Congress, Civil Rights era photographs: