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Contact Information
Kerrie Hollihan
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains, NY  10607
Phone: (513) 254-8181
Program Title
In the Fields & the Trenches with Young Folks of World War I--Author Kerrie Hollihan
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
   based on 2 evaluation(s).
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons
Maximum Number of Participants
No maximum, but ideally no more than 30 students in order to accomodate interactivity.
Minimum Number of Participants
no minimum
Primary Disciplines
Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Sciences, Writing, Reading
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Program Description
This interactive program opens with a narrative about railway redcap Henry Lincoln Johnson, who with another African-American was awarded France's Croix de Guerre for bravery--French because the US Army forbade black Americans to fight alongside white soldiers. Hollihan then shares others profiled in her book (based on teacher suggestions), drawing on photos, letters, newspaper articles, and more, and how war experiences stayed with them, impacting their lives and work. She shows her own grandfather's draft card and notes about trench building that he kept after the war. The program finishes with Q&A.

Program Format
The program opens with reading from In the Fields and the Trenches, a CBC/NCSS "Notable" Social Studies Trade Book for 2017, a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council.

Based on teacher input, the presenter will share her knowledge of several young people profiled in her book. Depending on teacher preferences, the presenter will answer questions throughout the program or reserve time at the end for Q&A. Throughout the program, the presenter will reference her source material and how she researched and wrote each person she discusses.
*The participant will discover how international affairs impact the lives of ordinary young people.
*The participant will compare and contrast his/her life experience with lives of young people 100 years ago.
*The participant will learn how primary sources both authenticate and enhance writing of history and bring narrative nonfiction to life.
*The participant will develop an appreciation for multiple research methods.
*The participant will realize that effective composition is never a "one and done" draft but demands the hard yet rewarding work of revision and rewrites.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
Grades 7,8,9,10,11,12.

U.S. History 5 - 12/ Era 6: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900) , U.S. History 5 - 12/ Era 7: The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930) , World History/ The 20th Century.

English/Reading for Perspective , English/ Reading for Understanding , English/Communication Skills, English/ Applying Knowledge, English/ Developing Research Skills, English/ Multicultural Understanding, English/Participating in Society.

Civics/ Other Nations and World Affairs.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
Program Length
Grades 7-12; One Hour
Program Cost
Point to Point: $300.00
Point to Point Premium: $270.00
Program Fee Notes
Cancellation Policy
We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.
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