"We the People" Project through ADL Program

"We the People" Project through ADL Program
Posted on 05/13/2020
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Throughout this school year, HSWCHS Media Specialist Mrs. Shipman has used innovative lessons and resources from the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program. Inspired by historic objects, artwork and special site visits, this program helps educators to develop a student-led, teacher directed civic engagement project that addresses an issue in their community, state, nation, or world. Her focus has been to create the opportunity for students to learn about the history of the Hot Springs School District through historical artifacts, pictures, documents, and community interviews. 

For the final project, students were given an assignment that started with observation of “We the People” by Nari Ward. “We the People”  is an 8 x 27-foot wall sculpture presenting the opening words of the Constitution’s preamble, spelled out in the elegant original script, and with each letter outlined in shoelaces that hang from perforations in the gallery wall. Students were asked to describe what “We the People” meant to them and then to create their own version that represents Hot Springs. The inspiring student projects that resulted from this assignment (featured below) and the historical artifacts used throughout the year for the program will be displayed in the newly renovated Hot Springs World Class High School Library. 

The Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program is a prestigious program offered through the the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). It is open to Arkansas school librarians and teachers of English language arts, arts, social studies, ELs, special education, and gifted and talented in grades 4-12. Selected participants learn about historic art, objects, and resources from the Clinton Foundation, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. During intense workshops, participants work with representatives from these organizations and DESE to develop innovative units and lesson plans. 

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