Grand Rapids Montessori High School

Grand Rapids, MI

Grades 9-12, Literature
Partner(s): Dana Walthorn
Student Achievement Grant
2007, Summer

About this Grantee

Students in Ms. Reyers’s and Ms. Walthorn’s Language Arts classes explore Middle Eastern literature, culture, and traditions. Students choose from selected texts involving Middle Eastern culture, participate in literature circles and Socratic seminars to aid their study, and write reflective journals as they analyze the portrayal of other societies and cultures. To make real-world connections to this unfamiliar region of the world, students visit the Arab-American National Museum and attend lectures by guest speakers. At the culmination of the project, students create a multimedia presentation of their work and present it to younger classes.

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