Understanding Sacrifice: An Interdisciplinary Project for School Librarians
Sponsored by OKSL
In October 2014, National History Day (NHD), the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM), and the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) selected 18 middle and high school teachers from across the globe to participate in ABMC's Understanding Sacrifice program. The selected teachers conducted an in-depth, year-long study of World War II in northern Europe that culminated in a two-week field study of ABMC cemeteries in northern Europe in July 2015. Led by the Teacher Librarian from the Understanding Sacrifice program, participants will explore the interdisciplinary lessons and website erected by ABMC teachers and identify primary source materials they can incorporate into their own lessons. Using small group discussion, participants will brainstorm co-teaching opportunities to use these resources within their school and share out ideas on a collaborative Google document. Lessons span the entire curriculum, from Math and Science to History and the Arts and all incorporate 21st Century learning standards. Opportunities for Teacher Librarians to co-teach and push-in to classrooms will be highlighted and successful collaboration techniques will be discussed.
The Understanding Sacrifice website contains the stories of more than twenty World War II soldiers, sailors, airmen and Coast Guardsmen from a variety of backgrounds. These stories can help personalize the World War II experience for students and give students a real connection to the larger story. Teacher Librarians will engage in a mini-research session using the ABMC burial database and learn the steps for students to conduct research on a soldier buried or memorialized at an ABMC cemetery.
Throughout the session, the presenter will guide participants to resources found on the Understanding Sacrifice website that will allow them to incorporate video, interactive battle maps, and online primary source collections into their teaching.
Amanda Kordeliski is the Teacher Librarian at Irving Middle School in Norman, Oklahoma. She is the Intermediate Sequoyah Team chair for 2015-16 and is active in OKSL, OLA, AASL, YALSA and ALA. Amanda currently serves on the YALSA blog advisory team and is an advocate for making research fun and relevant to students. You can follow her on twitter @akordeliski.