For the fourth year, students around the Valley have delighted us with their impressions of–and feelings about–places in our region. Read about this year’s top-scores in our Writing About Place contest. And, watch this space over the next few months, as we publish their essays and poems.
In October, we wrote about a few ready-made history projects that seemed analogous to those within the citizen science movement, i.e., planned, and to some extent managed, by regional or even national organizations. Since there weren’t many, we wanted to share some homegrown ideas and models you can adapt or duplicate.
Primary sources are great for place-based learning, and this blog has written about them often. So, whether using more primary sources was one of your new years’ resolutions — or not — we’re thrilled to share three tools to make it easier.
“Icicles like bars on the windows, trapped inside,” by Kim Ellis. Kim taught second grade and English as a Second Language in the Monroe Woodbury Central School District for 24 years and is now a teacher consultant with the Hudson Valley Writing Project.
Another winter photo: Geese on Mill Pond, Monroe. Courtesy of Orange County Tourism.
Ice boats on the Hudson by Dorna Schroeter, director, Center for Environmental Education at Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES.
1961: Russel MacConnell at the “Marlborough bus garage and diner, Route 9W, Marlboro.” Donated to the Marlboro Free Library by J. Diorio and submitted by the Library.
“Pine and sunshine at Little Stony Point” (Cold Spring), January 2013, by Jack Revkin.
Looking west from the Hudson River by Maria Gemma June.
New Paltz’s Deyo House by Kaitlin Galluci of Historic Huguenot Street. The original c. 1720 house was just one room. In 1894 it was replaced with a grand Queen Anne. In 1915 the house passed out of the family, but in 1971 the Deyos bought it back and opened it to the public. Restored in 2003 it features c. 1915 interiors.