Grand Avenue History Students Broadcast Fireside Chats

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Last week in social studies, Bridget Gumersell’s eighth grade U.S. History Students used the PA system to broadcast Fireside Chats into their classroom.    

Each group prepared a short chat that they read from the library as their peers gathered around an image of a fireplace back in the classroom.  

To make the listening experience more reflective of the era, students also scripted and performed radio advertisements based on products and cultural elements of the late 1930s. 

“It was a great way to help students develop their public speaking skills,” Gumersell added.