Students continue to examine their neighborhood by reading and researching
information from its earliest days to the present. They uncover facts
about the area's unique geology, its Native American and Colonial
history, its metamorphosis from farm land to city, and its recent
role in the civil rights movement. With their senior friends' help,
they build a Time Line of the community.
For more about Special #3 from
Discovering the Richness of Roxbury~Neighbohood Know-How,
Wright, author and AT&T Teacher Disseminator.
Read content area materials.
Establish simple chronology in their own historical narratives.
Identify examples of change/continuity in their lives, and those
of people long ago and today.
Use simple time lines.
Students visit the library and local historical society. To retrieve
literature on their community, they work with librarians and read
about history during several periods including:
Native American culture.
Colonial and Revolutionary periods.
Post Civil War urbanization.
The Civil Rights movement
Taking notes on community growth and development, student
groups divide eras in terms of centuries and decades. They affix index
cards to taped lines on the chalk board and begin a Time Line noting
prehistoric eras and historic happenings from the seventeenth century.
With the expansion of the Time Line, student groups select specific
periods and develop simple narrative essays about related people and
events. They also begin to collect artifacts including samples of
local pudding stone and photos of community leaders reflecting the
richness of their neighborhood.
Students invite senior citizens to school and share their Time Line
along with their collection of photos, artifacts, and stories.
Visits to the library and the historical society motivate students
to research careers: geologists, archeologists, and museum curators.
Lower Roxbury A Community of Treasures in the City of Boston
by Ronald Bailey, 1993: The Afro Scholar Press; articles and photos
about Roxbury; chalk board, tape, 3"x5" cards
Students use ClarisWorks to write essays and research the Internet
for historical events.
Teachers, students, and seniors check Time Line for accuracy. Teacher
marks essays on sentence clarity, sense, and sequence.
To learn what was happening in the United States during historic
periods relating to their community, students log on at: Encarta.msn.com