We are passionate about working with classroom teachers and other educators to help put history into context for their students. As we find more opportunities to work directly with students in these ways, we are excited to share some of the work that comes out of these experiences.
The collaborative novel can be a powerful teaching tool. See our blog post about this project.
Soundview School's Collaborative Historical Novels
While some of Matt Stenovec's students are beyond the middle grades, the work we were able to do together was so inspiring and certainly adaptable for younger students. We wanted to share the teaching model with you.
For the past few years, Matt's students have studied the Everett Massacre and written collaborative novels inspired by the events surrounding that bloody time in our State's history. Matt was inspired to teach a collaborative novel by a workshop with Joel Vilinski, who provided attendees with all the tools necessary for teaching this project. While it's a large undertaking, the learning students demonstrated after digging into historical events in order to tell the story of the time was remarkable. Hover over the title in bold to access the link to the novel.
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Student work coming soon:
Eight Grade Novel, Bloody Sunday
Marvin and Jennie Hoover, This is Your Life (an oral history play)