My students are diverse, quirky and among the kindest human beings I have had the pleasure to know! The are so invested in every opportunity that I can offer them and I'm so excited to introduce literature into our history classroom.
One of the most exciting things about my students is how passionately and empathetically they approach their history education.
They have so many questions about the depth of history and have a desire to understand it in all of its' complexities. They also want to see themselves in history and think a lot about angles of history that reflect their own experiences and backgrounds.
We are currently rewriting our second year "European History" course to be a "World History" course with a case study in South African history. We're hoping to help our students understand the nuance of personal experiences in world history.
Trevor Noah's book, "Born a Crime", isn't typically considered a "history" book, but his memoir about growing up in South Africa under Apartheid, is the perfect primary source to engage my students and have them thinking about the lived reality of the laws, dates and names we study.
Additionally we're requesting a few single copies of books to help us write the curriculum.
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