Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My Sanctuary

It was another lesson in civic engagement for Ms. Anna's 4th-5th grade classroom!

First, Ms. Maggie collectively reviewed vocabulary words tied into a converging article.  Here is the vocabulary list below:
  • Citation: a summons, especially to appear in court.
  • Detain: to keep under restraint or in custody.
  • Immigrant:a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence.
  • Sanction: a provision of a law enacting a penalty for disobedience or a reward for obedience.
  • Sanctuary: any place of refuge; asylum.
  • Substantiate: to establish by proof or competent evidence

In the second part of the activity, students took turns reading an article titled, "Pittsburgh considers becoming a sanctuary city in resistance to Trump's deportation promises", by Nick Keppler (Public Source).  In short, the article highlights the possibility of Pittsburgh joining a handful of other cities (Philadelphia, New York City, Portland, Detroit, & Baltimore) as a sanctuary city.

Next, the students were asked to think about their own sanctuary; where they feel safe and happy.  Three groups drew their own sanctuary on a long sheet of paper.  Some drew parks, some drew their bedrooms, others drew mountains.

Here are some finished projects:

It was wonderful to see our students illustrate the places that provide them safety and acceptance and display their art in our space.  We look forward to continuing this discussion in the future!  Check back soon for more adventures in civic engagement.

- Anna

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