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Student Work: "Give Me Shelter" Slide Shows

Amazing things happen when students leave the comfort zone of their classroom to learn. For juniors at Casco Bay High School in Portland, Maine, learning about social policy took them to a part of the city where few people want to go, to meet residents that most people don't even give a second look. Their project, Give Me Shelter, was an exploration of the impact of homelessness in Portland. For their final products, teams of students documented the lives of people who have experienced homelessness, and presented their multimedia projects at a local gallery with the homeless people they interviewed in the audience. Here are two of those documentaries.
Kathy Baron
Former Edutopia reporter and editor, mother of two.
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Laurel's Story
Produced by Casco Bay High School juniors Cormac, Nay, Ray, and Connor.

Pat's Oral History
Produced by Casco Bay High School juniors Kyara, Sam, Ikran, and Aaron.

Additional Resources for the "Give Me Shelter" Project


Casco Bay High School's Web site

View a short video on the "Give Me Shelter" project

View a profile of Casco Bay High School teacher Susan McCray

Click on any of the titles below to download a PDF of one of Casco Bay High School's many resources.

Teacher Planning Guides:

Form: Casco Bay - Expedition Planning Template (568K)

Guidelines: Casco Bay - High School Expedition Guidelines (568K)

Assessment Forms:

Give Me Shelter Project: Research Interview Form (153K)

Multi-Media Presentation Rubric (255K)

Oral History Writing Rubric (156K)

Oral History Writing Assessment (156K)

More at Free Resources and Downloads for Project Learning

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