In Storyline, our students are learning about protest through history. Through the events leading up to the American Revolution students are beginning to understand the impact that a group of peoples' ideas can have on the world. In the late 1700s British colonists in the Americas opposed taxation and banded together to gain their independence. Students learned that the colonists had to be of one mind. A single person cannot change the world by themselves you need to rally others to your cause with well reasoned arguments and a charismatic presentation. Through storyline we are exploring these feelings of frustration as our colonist characters experience taxation and unfair treatment from the British.
Fourth and fifth graders today learn about this issue so that they can take respectful, purposeful steps toward changing the world and supporting causes they care about. We encourage children to reflect on their feelings and the issues at hand. We support them in rallying their peers and gaining more voices toward their passions. We will experience the manifestation of their passions in the modern world through our independent project study as well as our upcoming opinion writing pieces in the spring. Students will pursue their passions and present their findings to their classmates.
~Ms. Elkins, 4th/5th Grade Teacher