I teach advanced English to high school students in upstate New York. Like so many communities across the country, our area has endured significant economic and demographic changes over the last couple of decades. Nonetheless, our families and students are resilient, determined, and eager to make the world a better place.
My students are writers and readers who will soon enter the world of college and work.
They want to make their mark in the world, and it's my job to prepare them.
Over the years I have found that many of my AP students don't have a broad understanding of the world around them. This lack of experience becomes clear when we talk about or write about important social issues. I'd like to help my students to gain more knowledge by asking them to engage in cultural, philosophical, and historical activities.
As part of our REHUGO Project, I would like to take my classes to NYC to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and to experience "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway.
Many of my students have never been to New York City, nor have they ever experienced a museum or musical such as those located in the City. This project will open up the world for my students.
This project will also help my students to think about the interconnectedness of culture, art, politics and so on. In the classroom, students will think about and write about the meaning and importance of the museum and the musical. These experiences will help students on the year-end, AP exam, but more importantly, these experiences will show students just how amazing the world can be. Thank you.
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