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11th and 6th Grade Girls Collaborate

An exciting collaboration recently occurred between our sixth and eleventh grade ELA students in our newly refurbished library. Both classes completed a novel study about the Holocaust. Mrs. Young’s English IV AP class studied the graphic novel Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by American cartoonist Art Spiegelman that depicts the experiences of a Polish, Jewish Holocaust survivor, while Ms. Taliancich’s 6th grade ELA class examined Leon Leyson’s autobiography The Boy on The Wooden Box, a young boy’s memoir of his experiences as a Holocaust survivor and member of Schindler’s list. Both groups of girls shared their knowledge, views, and ideas about the topic of study. Our high school girls presented an engaging rhetorical analysis of the graphic novel followed by middle school students’ iMovie presentations covering character analysis, theme, symbolism, and conflict. These Ursuline girls left the experience with a sense of hope, encouragement, and best of all – newly formed friendships!