Educators Launch ‘LES Young Historians’ Initiative to Teach Students Importance of Local History

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 at 9:25 am by

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It’s been just about a year since 8th grade teachers Alfonso Guerriero and Christopher Piccigallo kicked off their neighborhood history curriculum at PS126, a program that fully integrates learning about the Lower East Side of yesteryear while also satisfying both New York State’s 8th grade requirements and the Common Core.

And now, with that notch successfully on their belt, the educators have pushed on and officially launched the LES Young Historians. From what we gather, the purpose of the group is to not only provide a one-stop-resource-shop for students, but also to serve as an accessible foothold for parents and like-minded educators who are interested in the nitty gritty curriculum specifics.

Each eighth grade social studies unit is designed to challenge students to become critical thinkers by drawing parallels between the school’s local history and American history from 1880 to the present. The theme of each unit is centered around social change.

Our program is distinct from most schools because we teach students to become historians as well as use elements of ethnography that include:

      • exploring our school’s neighborhood by going on walking tours.
      • examining local artifacts.
      • conducting oral history interviews with local residents.
      • learning about various immigrants who settled in our school’s community by interacting with local businesses.

They really do hit the streets, too – part of the curriculum includes involvement in the annual Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire tribute.

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