Berk­shire stu­dents ob­serve Black His­tory Month

Berk­shire stu­dents present re­ports

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By VIR­GINIA TER­HUNE vter­hune@ches­

Stu­dents in teacher Laura Jones’ fourth-grade class at Berk­shire Ele­men­tary School marked Black His­tory Month by spend­ing three weeks re­search­ing the lives of African Amer­i­cans from his­tory and from to­day.

Stu­dents made posters full of facts and and pho­tos and pre­sented their find­ings dur­ing multi-me­dia pre­sen­ta­tions to their class­mates, who had a chance to ask ques­tions af­ter each re­port.

Jones was on hand to in­volve stu­dents in the dis­cus­sions and an­swer some of the ques­tions they raised by ac­cess­ing the In­ter­net on her lap­top.

When a stu­dent asked what other in­stru­ments Louis Arm­strong played be­side the trum­pet, she found a pic­ture of a coronet on the Web and showed it to the class.

She also played a sec­tion of Arm­strong’s song, “What a Won­der­ful World,” to add to stu­dent Olivia Hare’s re­search.

Pre­sen­ta­tions ran the gamut from Michael Jack­son to Rosa Parks to Vivien Thomas, a sur­geon’s as­sis­tant at Johns Hop­kins in Bal­ti­more who helped de­velop pro­ce­dures to treat blue baby syn­drome, a con­di­tion re­sult­ing in oxy­gen de­pri­va­tion.

Thomas was the sub­ject of the HBO movie, “Some­thing the Lord Made.”

A lit­tle known fact about Oprah Winfrey re­vealed dur­ing stu­dent Des­tiny Labra’s pre­sen­ta­tion: Winfrey’s name was sup­posed to be Or­pah af­ter a woman in the Bi­ble’s Book of Ruth, but some­one mis­spelled it on her birth cer­tifi­cate.

Jones said she is think­ing of or­ga­niz­ing a sim­i­lar project in­volv­ing re­search and oral and writ­ten pre­sen­ta­tions that in­cor­po­rate ac­cess to com­put­ers for Women’s His­tory month in March.


Berk­shire Ele­men­tary stu­dent MacKen­zie Lina, left, talks to her class­mates about cham­pion gym­nast Gabrielle Dou­glas, while class­mate Olivia Hare holds her poster.

Des­tiny Labra talks to her class at Berk­shire Ele­men­tary about the life of talk show host and pro­ducer Oprah Winfrey while D.J. Mel­ton holds her poster.

Berk­shire Ele­men­tary fourth-grade teacher Laura Jones en­gages stu­dents in con­ver­sa­tions about well-known African Amer­i­cans from his­tory and to­day.

Co­rina Math­e­son, cen­ter, reads from her poster about bas­ket­ball star LeBron James while class­mate Malaika Ngugi holds her poster on Feb. 17 at Berk­shire Ele­men­tary. Watch­ing with in­ter­est is teacher Laura Jones.

MacKen­zie Lina, left, uses a lap­top to ad­vance pages on screen, while Olivia Hare presents her re­port on mu­sic leg­end Louis Arm­strong on Feb. 17 at Berk­shire Ele­men­tary.

Berk­shire stu­dent Emma Berger, right, reads from her re­search about fa­mous singer Bessie Smith while her fa­ther, Bran­don Berger, holds her poster.

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