The 9th grade US Government students of George Cassutto have just completed and posted a series of (about 20) web-based research projects on the Civil Rights Movement, Black History, and Human Rights as a part of February's Black History celebration. You are invited to review our projects and send us your comments. The URL:
The US Government students at North are in their third year of web project development. The value of these projects can not just be measured in terms of grades, but also in the interaction the student-authors generate with their on-line audience. Your participation is the critical element in making these projects a success. It is well understood that you have a busy schedule, but it is a true contribution to the educational process when a student, a scholar, or a surfer visits the page and leaves a word or two of encouragement or gentle correction for a student-author.
So, your comments are valuable and appreciated. We often use scholarly responses in class to broaden the discussion of a certain topic. It is the viewpoint of a person far removed from the student-author, both culturally and geographically, that often brings a new perspective into the class, and learning takes on new forms that would have gone undiscovered had we failed to explore, as Frost put it, "the road not taken."
It may also be appropriate to point out that students of all ability levels participated in the development of this site. While there may be obvious errors in style or content, the process of researching, writing, and discussing the issues of civil rights has helped my students grow intellectually and personally. These pages may not be the most perfect expression of thoughts and facts on these topics, but many students who would otherwise not have been interested were stimulated by the new medium of student publishing. I hope their enthusiasm is evident in their product.
Thanks again for visiting the site, and if time allows, leaving your thoughts with us. Comments can be directed to me at the addresses below.