CK12 News | November
We’ve gotten lots of requests on lessons to teach post-election, particularly from teachers who worry that some of their students are afraid or disheartened (whether their candidate won or lost.) The key is to empower students – make them see that they (at any age) can act and make a difference. And use moments from our history to show that fear can be overcome.
One of our favorite Carolina K-12 lessons is Lumbee Fight for Justice: The Battle of Hayes Pond, about the brave confrontation North Carolina’s Lumbee staged to protest a KKK rally near Maxton, NC on the night of January 18, 1958. The Lumbee literally sent the Klan running into the woods. Check it out. And remember, we are here if you need us.
1. Reflections on Japanese Internment with the Broadway Play Allegiance
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Chapel Hill Public Library & Silverspot Cinema
And it seems to me important for a nation to certainly know about its glorious achievements, but also to know where its ideals failed, in order to keep that from happening again. George Takei
In 1942, over 127,000 Japanese-American men, women, and children—the majority of whom were American citizens—were removed from their homes and relocated to camps under the watchful eye of the American government. K-12 teachers are invited to join Carolina K-12 for a special event to explore this complicated history through the unique lens of the new Broadway musical, Allegiance, which teachers will have the rare opportunity to view.
Teachers will begin this special evening at the Chapel Hill Public Library with a catered dinner and lecture with Dr. Heidi Kim, Associate Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, who will provide a foundational overview of Japanese Internment, including historical context for how this forced relocation was decided, enforced and executed. We will also examine the impact on (both during and after) and individual experiences of those interned, as well as the response from the American public.
Following dinner, teachers head 4 minutes down the road to to attend a showing of the Broadway musical, Allegiance, at Chapel Hill’s premier movie theatre, Silverspot Cinema. With this unique and innovative set up, teachers will enjoy a live stream of the New York City based musical from the Silverspot’s leather recliners in Chapel Hill! Set during Japanese American internment (with a framing story set in the present day) the musical follows the Kimura family in the years following the attack on Pearl Harbor, as they are forced to leave their farm in Salinas, California and are sent to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the rural plains of Wyoming. Staring George Takei, the show brings to life this family’s extraordinary journey in this untold American story. Their loyalty was questioned, their freedom taken away, but their spirit could never be broken.
Prior to the start of Allegiance, Eric Muller, UNC-Chapel Hill Professor of Law, will offer some context regarding the story line of the musical, and also encourage the audience to think critically about the challenges of placing a complex story into the format of musical theater.
Teachers don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to learn about this often under told history, not only through dynamic presentations from Carolina scholars, but through a special live theatre screening of the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Allegiance.
To view the program agenda, click here.
2. The FirstVotes Have Been Counted!
We loved being a part of the First Vote NC initiative to get our state’s young folks educated about, excited about, and actually VOTING in this year’s elections. Over 25,000 of NC students have already voted in the election simulation!!! If you missed the party this time, no worries – the platform will be available for all NC’s future local, state and federal elections. And, you can still utilize the curriculum available at any time: http://www.firstvotenc.org/lesson-plans/
You can read more about McDowell Early College’s experience with FirstVote here: “Voting: it’s not just for grown-ups anymore.”
Register here: https://ncsocialstudies.org/register/
Want to have a say in next year’s conference? Run for our Executive Board! More information here: http://ncsocialstudies.org/elections/
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