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Warwick librarian and historian shares Revolutionary War facts & artifacts with ELA classes

on May 13, 2016

Middle school students use a 19th century wooden ballot box to cast votes using marbles of two colors. Sue Gardner, an Albert Wisner librarian and local historian, was a guest speaker and presenter in Carrie-Lynn Taylor’s 7th grade English Language Arts (ELA) classes on Friday, May 13.

Albert Wisner librarian demonstrates how a 19th century ballot box works.Mrs. Taylor’s ELA students are currently reading “My Brother Sam is Dead,” a young adult historical fiction novel by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier. The book realistically depicts events of the American Revolution.Middle school students shows inside of 19th century wooden ballot box.

Mrs. Gardner presentation focused on the role of Warwick’s militia and volunteers who defended the area and related historic buildings and sites. Students had the opportunity to handle historic artifacts such as quill pens and a powder horn, and they cast votes by dropping black or white marbles in a wooden ballot box.

In response to the students’ interest in historic artifacts, Mrs. Gardner is working to bring a Revolutionary War reenactor to the middle school in the near future.

 

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