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Yesterday's Issues, Today's Perspectives, Tomorrow's Lessons

Yesterday's Issues, Today's Perspectives, Tomorrow's Lessons


A collection of oral history narratives that reexamine key historical events of the 20th and 21st centuries.


Yesterday's Issues, Today's Perspectives, Tomorrow's Lessons excavates eight historical events and the controversial issues and the disparate views that surround them. Breaking away from common day concerns of teenagers, these tenth grade students turn their attention to the bigger issues and others' viewpoints. The resulting collection of oral histories and "new historical perspective" pieces returns History from a stale and lifeless study to a play on genre, personal experience, and perspective.

Curriculum Embedded Project

Tenth grade students in a combined ELA & Social Studies class studied a variety of historical events as the Vietnam War, Brown vs. Board of Education, the Cold War and 9/11 attacks to name a few, by interviewing people who had first-hand experience and strong differing opinions about the subject matter. These students learned the true meaning of perspective through the experience of writing this book.


  • Author: Tenth Grade Students at the Academy for Young Writers 2007-08
  • Price: 14.95
  • Year of Publication: 2008
  • Binding: Paperback
  • # of pgs.: 170


"This project gives students an opportunity to engage with people outside their daily communities, and to discover that individuals have very different experiences of historical events depending upon the roles they play in them, their ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, and the choices they are able to make. The students seemed excited that they were hearing personal stories that they had not expected to hear, stories not widely communicated in the mass media. Hearing people's personal stories in a one-to-one setting opens up the possibility for understanding and empathy."

Meriam Lobel, Curator and Oral Historian, Tribute WTC Visitor Center