We are working on a Genocide unit in my World Geography course while at the same time, in their English course, the students are reading Night by Elie Wiesel.

Night by Elie Wiesel

After a lot of background work and discussing the 8 stages of genocide we began the film Hotel Rwanda. I found my self having to ask one of our students to stop reading his copy of Night and pay attention to the film.

It was a situation I had never had to confront and I very much enjoyed it. How weird to ask a student to stop reading and watch a film. Good? Bad? Who cares? It is, I believe, a testament to the wonderful things that can happen when curriculum criss crosses from one class to another



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