Thursday, December 9, 2010

Monster Pride

Soooooo since the other day I talked about how crazy they are, I figured I better also give credit where credit is due.  I have talked about the absolutely mind-boggling (and infuriating) West Memphis Three case before, and I just gotta brag on my lil monsters that they've seriously rocked the project I assigned around the case.

They've written letters to the Arkansas Supreme Court voicing their opinions about the case . . .

expressed themselves through poetry . . .

created posters to educate others about the West Memphis Three . . .

proven that the mixtape is far from dead . . . 

as well as created pamphlets and "business cards" to hand out to folks, written newspaper articles about the WM3's new hearing, made phone calls to the state Supreme Court, and written letters to each of the three wrongfully incarcerated young men (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley).  I'm a proud mama hen!

Also:  My student Eddy has a blog for the independent study he's doing with me around capital punishment.  He only posts once a week, and he's excited to be learning (and teaching!) about the death penalty.  But when I nudge him to post more often and put more effort into his blog, he says "But Ms. Kiefer, you're my only follower!"  What do you say we fix that?  Care to follow a teenager's journey to learn about capital punishment in the U.S.?  He'd appreciate it. :)

here's his blog:  Death Row in America

Thanks, y'all!

16 comments:

Miss Chelsea said...

That's awesome what they are doing! I will follow him! Everyone needs a little nudge now and then

Jude said...

Oh that is so sweet, I'll follow him too! :)

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh that is so wonderful:) So well done:)
Kisses

bklyn76 said...

wow, that's awesome! good work, teach!

Megan said...

Cases like this infuriate me and make me hope that I really can make changes to the legal system. Your kids have done such a wonderful job!!

bananas. said...

1. i adore your students.
2. i adore the way you adore your students even when they make you go crazy at times (all love though).
3. the wm3 is such a sad story. i hope to god those boys are freed and released of all charges.
4. thanks for the app recommendation. i had never heard of it before. so you're saying i will get 50% off just by showing my phone? how is that possible?!

this free bird said...

you teach it girl!! i love the way you get behind them and root them on. yahoo!!

xo,
c

starnes family said...

Awesome.

This just occurred to me. Have you seen Conviction? Absolutely fantastic.

Gracie said...

This is soo awesome! I love that you are leading the way and look towards them like a mother hen. I will check out his blog!

P.S. I have more Christmas cards to write too. And then friendship bracelets and all the other things I said I would do! Eeepp!

daniela said...

Ah you're a fabulous teacher!! I wish i had teachers like you when i was in school!

also..following :)

Micaela said...

oh my goodness! you should be a proud mama hen! :)

rocked the project is EXACTLY what your kids!

I'm totally following your student Eddy now.

ps. i love the drawing!

Farah said...

Awww..u deserve to feel proud lady! xoxo

rachel! said...

i haven't heard of that! good to know, i'll go look it up. that's so awesome to see your kids getting really into something!

and i'm so glad you're going to check out brooke! let me know what you think!

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

YOU are awesome.

20 York Street said...

Cool, for sure, I'll check it out!

xox

Faiza said...

am following and so excited that your student is makinghis voice heard. you know you are going to be that "fave teach" they talk about 20 years from now right? as you should be!