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“Power of Identity” Stories Go Viral

“Power of Identity” Stories Go Viral
Posted on 07/06/2015
PAUS on PRI; courtesy Jeb Sharp for PRIEighth grade history students begin the year with a unit on identity, which establishes the course’s essential questions:
  • What is a just society?
  • How do societies change?
  • How can individuals and groups make a difference?
At Putnam Avenue Upper School, teachers Jenny Chung (History) and Woodly Pierre-­Louis (ELA) guide students in thinking about the ways identity stories can combat stereotypes. Public Radio International’s (PRI) Jeb Sharp recently featured their work, including students’ personal narratives. WGBH first aired Sharp’s “The World” story on May 27. The PRI story sparked Metro to follow up with an article on the power of one student’s story, which in turn was picked up by the Huffington Post.

You can check out the stories at the following links:


Photo: PAUS teachers Jenny Chung (History) and Woodly Pierre-Louis (ELA) and their students; photo courtesy of Jeb Sharp for PubIic Radio International