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The Not Forgotten - Sharing History and Archeology

Name: Nancy Welch
School: PS 124, Manhattan
Address: 40 Division Street
City: NY, NY, 10002
Original Project: The Not Forgotten - Sharing History and Archeology
Author: Dwight Harrison Barnett
URL: http://bostonTeachNet.org/barnett/sigproj.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: Students visited St. Paul's Chapel and the African Burial Ground in New York City. They made observations and historical inferences by viewing the gravestones. In their journals, students recorded their observations and historical inferences on charts. As in the original unit, we used the burial grounds as artifacts and approached the gravestones as three dimensional primary source documents and as a medium for inquiry based exploration on the history of our communities. St. Paul's Chapel is located at: 209 Broadway, New York, NY 10007. The African Burial Ground is located at 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  Idenitify community burial grounds from the colonial era.
  Conduct online research about each burial ground.
  Conduct fieldwork/make observations and inferences.
  Create poems and artwork remembering "the not forgotten."

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: Students used the following web site to research colonial era burial grounds in the community: http://slaveryinnewyork.org

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: Students were assessed through the use of "Socratic Seminars" and their ability to converse intelligently about the history of the burial grounds and the legacy of slavery in NYC.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: Nancy Welch has been teaching for eight years, six of them in the New York City Public Schools. Currently she teaches 4th grade and previously has taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. Miss Welch attended Sarah Lawrence College and Adelphi University.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: It is important to go over acceptable burial ground behavior. Many of my students had never visited a burial ground and they were actually a little frightened.

Samples of Student Projects

  Students conducted extensive fieldwork at both St. Paul's and the African Burial Ground. Students made observations, took digital photographs and sketched.
 
  Nancy Walsh Model_Gravestone_African_Burial_Ground[1].pdf
  Students created poems and artwork to honor the slaves buried in the African Burial Ground.
 
  Nancy Walsh In_Memorium_ABG-1[1].pdf
 
 
  Nancy Welch Poem_in_Honor_of_African_Slaves_Buried_at_ABG[1].pdf
 
 
  Nancy Walsh Fieldwork-1[1].pdf
 
 
  Nancy Walsh Model_Gravestone_African_Burial_Ground[1].pdf
 
 
  Nancy Welch Observations_Inferences_St[1]._Paul's.pdf
  NANCY WELCH Observations_Inferences_African_Burial_Grounds[1].pdf

 

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