An Expedition through History and Literature
The eighth grade students continue their interdisciplinary expedition through history and literature studies. In conjunction with their study of World War II, the students are reading the Nobel Prize winning account of Elie Wiesel’s personal journey through the Holocaust, Night. As the World War II unit progresses, mathematics and science components will also be included.
Students listened and viewed a Photo Story presentation in the LRC of the picture book, The Harmonica. Based upon true events the story tells of a young boy who is torn from his poor but happy family in Poland during World War II. The young Jewish boy finds hope and solace playing Shubert on his harmonica, a gift from his father, despite being ordered to play by the concentration camp's commandant. Accompanied with photographs from the Holocaust the narrated story provided the connection between history and literature.
Adding still another connection between history and literature, Ms. Mersky’s students prepared group presentations which focused on the Holocaust through their reading of genre-related picture books. Each group presented projects which not only historically traced the book’s characters through their personal Holocaust journeys but also referenced the significant literary techniques the author utilized. Reinforcing the correlation between literature and their core classes is an important and valuable link.