Core subjects collaborate to create visual representation of WWII Students required to work with people they do not know

During the project, sophomores Abigail Weeks and Magdalene Macandog work together to finish the project before the end of class. The students had already been working on the project for a week and the deadline was coming quickly. "I think this projects a good way to learn about Japanese internment camps because we know so much about what happened in Europe but we don't know a lot about what happened in America," Weeks said. Photo Credit: Jackelyn Romo

To compare events during World War II, juniors in Mr. Pate Thomas’ U.S. History class and sophomores in Ms. Cathy Sabol’s English class are working together to create a visual representation on the similarities and differences of Japanese Internment camps and the Holocaust.

“Before we started working on the chart, we had to have a discussion about the knowledge we both had on those topics,” junior Kelsey Rodriguez said. “Both classes had been learning about these topics beforehand so we just came together to combine our knowledge with a little project.”

The visual representation can be anything the students desire to create, however, it must contain similarities and differences of the two topics. The representations can range from pictures to compare-and-contrast charts.

“We liked drawing the actual poster because we did a really nice watchtower to compare both camps,” sophomore Heather Macias-Padron said. “We were trying to find a way to differentiate what happened between both concentration and internment camps.”

Sabol and Thomas share a prep period that allows their students to work together across grade levels, but all other classes are only working with their classmates.

“Working with other people can be very difficult,” sophomore Brittny Mikhaiel said. “I don’t know them as a person which makes it very hard to determine their work ethic as well as how well they communicate.”

Sabol wanted students to be able to see how how literature and history are connected while being able to learn with different people.

“Mr. Thomas and I haven’t collaborated before in this way,” Sabol said. “But we did work together last year on a Breakout EDU where the students worked together in attempt to solve clues. However, I do look forward to doing other collaboration projects in the future like these.”

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