In 1970 I was teaching a seventh grade Social
Studies class and I quickly realized that the textbook we were
assigned was not comprehendible by my students.
I decided that we would write our own text.
Each child was assigned a topic and had to produce one page. I
encouraged them to also create a picture or design for their page.
The final copies were done on rexograph or ditto
pages. (I still have that purple ink on my fingers!) I ran off copies of the book for all the students in
My Principal wrote the following:
February 16, 1970 -
Berriman Junior High School 64 "A Study of the
American Revolution" - "This total group effort under your
inspirational and devoted guidance, provided a built-in motivation
for a sustained and integrated learning experience." (Lazarus J.
Braffman - Principal)
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