It’s that time of year again when everybody is getting ready to head back to school. I was that kid who loved school. I’ve always loved to learn, especially when it something that makes my world a little bit bigger.
I am a big fan of teachers who use genealogy to not only teach students, but to give students ownership in the world’s history. I stumbled upon the article below and immediately became a huge fan of the project.
The project, called My Adopted Soldier, was created by teacher, Gerry Moore. Originally this project focused on Irish in World War I. It paired selected students (what would be Juniors here in the states) with a Irish soldier who was from their respective county and who died during the war. Talk about taking ownership in history! Now the project is starting again, but this time focusing on Irish who came to American and fought (and died) in the American Civil War. Not only will this give students a connection to where they live, but it will also broaden their world and give them a connection here in the states. The great big world that they live in just became a little bit easier to grasp. How cool is that?!
If you want more information about this project, the link is below. Also, if you know of any projects going on like this in your area, I’d love to hear about them! Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to feature these types of projects in future Geneabits posts!