Monday, March 24, 2014

What Does It Mean to Have a Voice?

The 8th grade group is currently reading Karen Hesse's Witness, a novel-in-verse account of what happens when the Ku Klux Klan comes to Vermont in 1924. It's part of our spring-long investigation: What does it mean to have a voice?
We started our inquiry with a visit to Martin Steingesser's Thinking Heart project. Martin is a Maine poet who visited the 7th grade last year, during their poetry unit. At the center of the Thinking Heart project is the work of Etty Hillesum, a Dutch woman who died at Auschwitz. For a glimpse of the project: click HERE
Is the pen mightier than the sword? This is a long, nuanced conversation.
"I will write these times like faint brush strokes against the great wordlessness of God . . . wield this fountain pen like a hammer, my words so many hammer blows,” Etty Hillesum (from her diary, written in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam)

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