Tuesday, June 27, 2023
How do we support students in engaging with multiple perspectives as they develop their own perspectives?
Barton, K. C., & Levstik, L. S. (2004). Why don’t more history teachers engage students in interpretation? Social Education, 67(6): 358–361.
Analyzing Artifacts in "The Future Will Follow the Past" Exhibition
Curating Text Sets with Multiple Perspectives on an Issue
9:30 - 9:45
Welcome, Reviewing Reflections, and
Review reflections from Day 5.
9:45 - 10:00
Writing into the Day: Windows and Mirrors
Analyze the gallery of images in the atrium.
Consider how an image provides a mirror for you. What does it show you that reflects something you have experienced?
Also, consider how an image can be a window into experiences or ideas that may be new to you?
10:00 - 11: 10
“The Future Will Follow the Past” Exhibition Tour
Explore the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History’s current exhibition The Future Will Follow The Past: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz.
The exhibition explores the transformative changes America has experienced since 2020, addressing antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and more.
11:10 - 11: 30
Four Freedoms: See, Think, Wonder
Analyze a portion of the exhibition, which juxtaposes Norman Rockwell’s famous Four Freedoms with other works of art.
Together these works ask the viewer to consider who does and does not have access to these freedoms.
11:30 - 12:15
12:15 - 1:00
1:00 - 2:15
Four Freedoms Text Sets and Weitzman Open Book Resources
Read and annotate texts related to the Four Freedoms that express multiple perspectives, helping students to construct civically engaged arguments.
Construct a new text by cutting up excerpts from the provided text sets and organizing them around the central text provided by Rockwell.
This activity was based on the Weitzman's Open Book curriculum, which itself draws inspiration from traditional Talmudic study.
This approach of arranging multiple texts with often dissenting views or multiple perspectives resonates with approaches from the National Writing Project's College, Career, and Community Writers Program.
As a group, discuss questions that are important to consider as teachers. Use the "Agree/Disagree" routine to help with the discussion.
When using this routine with students, encourage them to think about agreeing and disagreeing as happening on a spectrum and involving nuance, when it feels like its necessary.
2:15 - 2:30
Next Steps with the Weitzman
Check out resources and opportunities from the Weitzman Museum:
2:30 - 3:00
Prepare Readings for Day 7: