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PBS NewsHour To Feature Bertschi School Students Discovering Seattle History
Posted 05/12/2017 10:40AM

Common Sense Media and the PBS NewsHour’s segment, “Making the Grade”, will feature Bertschi School’s Seattle History Project in its forthcoming production highlighting news literacy.  The piece is scheduled to air on May 23, 2017.

Seattle history is brought to life each year in the 3rd grade classrooms at Bertschi School. Students explore local history and evaluate the newsworthiness of events like the Great Seattle Fire, the Klondike Gold Rush, the Boeing boom and the Seattle World’s Fair. These inquiry-based, independent projects require critical thinking, collaborative work and extensive research, that inspires students to create media rich projects incorporating film, art, music and geography. Skills acquired by students include persuasive writing, web-based research, speaking for voice recording, and editing video footage. Classroom teacher, Thomas Cunningham, says, “We have revised and evolved this project over the years into a robust and multi-faceted unit. News literacy is explored through the selection of appropriate photos, examining multiple perspectives through the framework of historical events, and evaluating news sources.”

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