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Writing to Build Community in a Time of Stress

By: Sarah Robbins
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 7, No. 4
Date: September-October 2002

Summary: Robbins describes the work of the program Keeping and Creating American Communities (KCAC), and the writing assignments that a group of middle and high school teachers developed after September 11.



We started with the assumption that doing research on the places where we live promotes citizenship. We had been experimenting with writing-based strategies for community-making—including oral histories and analyzing history sites. Little did we know, when this project began over a year ago, how vital such approaches would be our classrooms today.

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