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|Project Title: ||Patriotic Prose and Poetry|
|School Year: ||2006|
|School - District:||Tantasqua Reg Jr High - Tantasqua|
|Contact Name:||Amy Polito|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts|
|Community Need:||Veteran’s Affairs|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
The intent of this project, was to publish and share student work reflecting the significance of Memorial Day, the role of veterans in the history of our nation, and the value of patriotism. This project is completed annually in conjunction with Memorial Day activities at Tantasqua Junior High.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Students address the need to recognize and honor our local veterans through writing and celebrating their writing with their peers and with local dignitaries, including many veterans, selectmen, state representatives, state senators and their entire class, numbering 300 eighth graders.
|Service Component: |
Intergenerational sharing of American patriotic experiences and values is one service students provide. They also serve a breakfast to veterans, chat informally and in this way gain a better understanding of major historic American events.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
The connection to the curriculum is achieved by addressing various standards set forth in the Massachusetts English Language Arts Curriculum Frameworks. In particular, this project focuses on Standard 9- Students will deepen their understanding of literary and non-literary works by relating it to its contemporary context or historical background. Standard 19 is also a focus point- Students will write with a clear focus, coherent organization, and sufficient detail. Other standards addressed include Standard 4- Vocabulary and Concept Development, Standard 6- Formal and Informal Language, Standard 10- Genre and Standard 14- Poetry
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students at Tantasqua Junior High School proved powerful advocates in their projects, as they were actively involved in the service learning process. They experienced challenges involving tasks requiring thinking, initiative and problem solving, which in turn generated a demonstrated responsibility of active student decision-making.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Reflection takes place in several ways, including discussion and sharing of student writing, publication of selected pieces of writing, and grading of the writing as class assignments.
|Community Partners Involved: |
Tantasqua Junior High School 8th grade class, local veterans
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
Students participate in the Memorial Day activities- a major grade 8 event. As a community service-learning project, student representatives participate in our annual celebration of service-learning, their published booklet is on display, and students discuss their experiences with the community at a project showcase and formal ceremony. This year over 250 community members participated in our showcase of community service-learning in the district.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
Evaluation takes place through discussion and sharing of student writing, and grading of the writing as class assignments. To further measure the impact of this project, students might have surveyed their peers and local dignitaries, including local veterans, selectmen, and state representatives involed with the Memorial Day activities to observe the difference their work brought to the event./i
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
Meeting deadlines for the published work is always a task, especially when dealing with eighth graders! Planning for the assembly and including local veterans, state government representatives and local officials is always a challenge to be met.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.