LJHS class writes civil rights book, shares it with Central students
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[February 14, 2014]
The eighth-grade Accelerated
Language Arts class at Lincoln Junior High School has written a book
entitled "The Heroes, The stories of Civil Rights Leaders of the
20th Century" for elementary-aged children.
"Heroes" is a civil rights reference book of 25 known and
not-so-known civil rights leaders who fought for freedom and
equality in making our world a better place.
In honor of Black
History Month, a presentation and reading day was scheduled with
District 27 third-graders at Central School at 10 a.m. Thursday. The
eighth-grade authors shared their work with third-graders and
presented them two books for their classroom libraries. The book is
geared toward readers at the third-grade level.
This reference book is the result of the eighth-graders' in-class
study of the Little Rock Nine and the autobiographical story of one
of those nine, Melba Pattillo. Following the study of the Little
Rock Nine and the civil rights movement, students researched their
civil rights leaders, and each wrote a first-person biography
explaining the contributions and sacrifices these leaders made to
the cause of equality and justice.
Sixty years after the fight for equality, many civil rights
leaders are still well remembered; many, however, have received
scant recognition. Thus, the uniqueness of this book is to recognize
not only those we all know who made a difference, but also those
behind-the-scenes men and women who sacrificed, struggled and may
have even lost their lives working to ensure equality for all. This
book is dedicated to those within its pages and all people who were
determined to bring equal rights to their fellow man.
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Eighth-graders wrote the book for a specific audience —
early to mid-elementary-aged students —
and had to evaluate style, format and reading level necessary to
reach their young readers.
The eighth-grade authors of this reference book are excited to
share their work, not only as a culminating activity in their study
of the Little Rock Nine, but also as a way to promote liberty and
justice for all, while also recognizing black Americans.
[Text from file received from
Lincoln Junior High School]