Connolly Fourth-Graders Immersed in History

Fourth-graders at Connolly Elementary School brought historical characters to life in a special presentation that served as the culminating activity for their study of historical biographies. Students in Erin O’Beirne and Valerie Scicchitano’s class worked in pairs, researching information and gathering pictures on their assigned historical figures, which ranged from Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton to Sojourner Truth and Deganwidah of the Iroquois Nation. Prior, the students had learned about historical icons that fought for civil and human rights during the past 1,000 years up to the 1800s, including the Great Law of Peace from the Iroquois. Using their research and the iMovie video editing application, and dressing in costume as their assigned figure, each group created a narrated documentary for their presentation.

The project, which aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards, emphasized reading, writing and core social studies components that entirely support and supplement the students’ regular classroom curriculum.