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Pen Pals With A Purpose
February 3, 2016
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  By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   Wildwood’s 5th and 8th grade social studies students have become (digital) pen pals— connecting with each other about what it’s like to be in middle school, as well also sharing their deeper knowledge of a more serious topic they study in common: slavery.   The teachers hatched […]
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My Heroes/My Legacy
September 24, 2015
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by Deb Christenson, Humanities Teacher I have long been inspired by my heroes; aspiring to write like them—Willa Cather, to teach like them—David Watters at the University of New Hampshire, to show the kind of caring they showed me—“Butch” Furse.  Some of my heroes I knew personally, but not all.  Reading widely, I often find […]
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Heroic Work
October 23, 2014
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Hey, this is Hollywood. Everyone knows: a hero’s journey is fraught with peril. Treacherous challenges must be overcome, awesome foes vanquished, and with any luck, the requisite supernatural powers needed along the path to fulfilling one’s destiny can be borrowed or bought without selling your soul. Here at Wildwood, our 7th and 8th grade humanities […]
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An American Tale
February 29, 2012
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Here’s the scene: two sisters, Rosa and Donatella, meet in a barren field on a windy Sicilian winter’s day. The year is 1895, and Rosa has made a decision that will forever change both of their lives: “I must leave to live my American dream!” “Oh, don’t leave, Rosa!” “But I must. You’ll have to […]
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Which side are you on?
February 23, 2012
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Eighth grader Lulu V. steps up to the lectern and coolly scans her note cards. If she’s anxious, she doesn’t show it.  Standing just behind the microphone, Lulu passionately presents her position:  “Resolved: Lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment.” Her carefully crafted rhetorical argument cites Supreme Court opinions and historical evidence. With her partners […]