Thursday, January 3, 2008

Heartfelt thanks to Mike Meno and others at the Gazette newspaper who understood the scope of this project before anyone else did. Here's a link to the article that Mike Meno wrote in January, 2008. I received a lot of support and encouragement from Karen MacPherson, children's librarian at Takoma Park Maryland Library, as this project was getting off the ground. The people who deserve most credit for this project are the visionaries who who put into place the Maryland student service learning requirement -- way back in the early 1990's. We need to expand service learning so that all students are involved in supporting their communities, even doing work to pay for school construction.

Chapter 1

(Directions: Use the small red arrows at the bottom of each screen to navigate forward and backward thru the slideshow. You might need to scroll down a bit in your browser to be able to see these two red arrows -- at the center bottom of the screen.)

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4 (in progress)

Chapter 5 (Produced by Xiyang Zhao)

Chapter 6 (Produced by Xiyang Zhao)

Chapter 7 (in progress)

Chapter 8 (in progress)

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11 (Produced by Xiyang Zhao)

Chapter 12 (Produced by Xiyang Zhao)

If you'd like to volunteer some time to assist with this project, kindly send an email to Phil Shapiro, Here is a screencast (narrated computer explanation) that explains the steps needed to create the text screens using OpenOffice Draw program.

Related web multimedia/literacy projects

Fannie Lou Hamer

The Great Ping Pong Ball Experiment

Sammy's Autograph Book

An Ordinary Mother

My other children's stories and nonfiction reading passages.