Students as teachers

Student reads her book about Harlem Renaissance

Eighth-graders from Hackett Middle School took their extensive knowledge of the Harlem Renaissance across the street to Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) on Thursday.

Over the past few weeks, Hackett social studies teacher Stephanie Hogan and librarian Sonji Greenaway collaborated to guide student research on figures central to the Harlem Renaissance, a period in the 1920s where African-American art and music flourished. Harlem was the epicenter of the movement, and Hackett students turned their research into books about 30 influential artists of the period.

Each book was in an A-B-C format, with a fact about the artist to correspond with every letter of the alphabet. In 21st-century style, Hackett students read their books aloud on a SMART board in the TOAST library.

A total of 120 Hackett students did research for the books, and roughly 30 of them shared their information with the TOAST students, who ranged from kindergarteners to sixth-graders.

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