Laura Wakefield
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Laura Wakefield replied to Shauna Liverotti's discussion Part V: The Warmth of Other Suns in the group Book Club
"1. Wilkerson answers these questions for each of the migrants - often in their own words.   For George, there is no question that he was better off for having migrated. He would probably be dead if he hadn't.  But Wilkerson takes…"
May 5, 2012
Laura Wakefield replied to Shauna Liverotti's discussion Epilogue: The Warmth of Other Suns in the group Book Club
"I agree with Patrick that Wilkerson's approach draws the reader in and she chose three different experiences to show the diversity of the migration.  She also makes it clear that this was not a "one size fits all" story. …"
May 5, 2012
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Apr 22, 2012
Laura Wakefield replied to Shauna Liverotti's discussion Part IV: The Warmth of Other Suns in the group Book Club
"1. I grew up in a small town in Florida before integration.  Our schools were not integrated until I was in the 7th grade.  Interactions between blacks and whites were much like what is described by Robert in the book.   If you…"
Apr 22, 2012
Laura Wakefield replied to Shauna Liverotti's discussion Part III: The Warmth of Other Suns in the group Book Club
"Several replies already posted brought up the Trayvon Martin case as an example of the lingering problems from the divorce resulting from the Great Migration.  It is not the first time that a legal case has captured the country and focused our…"
Apr 22, 2012
Laura Wakefield replied to Shauna Liverotti's discussion Part II:The Warmth of Other Suns in the group Book Club
"It's interesting to me, Shauna, that a black part of town and a white part of town were foreign concepts to you. Growing up in the South, I never recall questioning it.  Sadly, I think most southern towns STILL have neighborhoods that are…"
Mar 4, 2012
Laura Wakefield replied to Shauna Liverotti's discussion Part II:The Warmth of Other Suns in the group Book Club
"1. It is hard to pick one character because I find all three very compelling but if I had to pick, I would choose George because he is from Eustis in Lake County, Florida - a place I know since it is in the county adjoining mine.  I relate to…"
Mar 4, 2012
Laura Wakefield replied to Shauna Liverotti's discussion Part I: The Warmth of Other Suns in the group Book Club
"I love your point, Peter, about the concept of being an emigrant within your own country.  Students notice that communities of like people tend to stick together so this is an interesting concept for them to explore - are they connected to a…"
Feb 21, 2012
Laura Wakefield replied to Shauna Liverotti's discussion Part I: The Warmth of Other Suns in the group Book Club
"I agree with both of you.  I thought the description of picking cotton (p. 98-99) would be helpful for students to read.  I always kept a large stalk of a cotton plant with the bolls on it in my classroom.  It was passed around my…"
Feb 18, 2012
Laura Wakefield replied to Shauna Liverotti's discussion Part I: The Warmth of Other Suns in the group Book Club
"I am struck by the lyrical qualities of her writing.  I read yesterday the part where she refers to where the phrase "warmth of other suns" came from p. 123 (Hubble's discovery of a galaxy far far away) and was so impressed by…"
Feb 18, 2012
Laura Wakefield replied to Shauna Liverotti's discussion Part I: The Warmth of Other Suns in the group Book Club
"1. I first learned of The Great Migration in a grad school history course and became enthralled with the topic after seeing Jacob Lawrence's paintings of the Great Migration. I am fascinated by the photos I have seen of the "colored…"
Feb 14, 2012
Laura Wakefield joined Angela Cunningham's group
Feb 14, 2012
Amanda Wagner left a comment for Laura Wakefield
"We are friends now!  lol"
Feb 14, 2012
Shawn McCusker left a comment for Laura Wakefield
"  Hi Laura! Welcome to Social Studies Chat.  I look forward to working with you and hope that you can find resources that are useful. You are welcome to join us for our Monday chat on twitter (7pm EST). Also take a look at the archives and…"
Jan 27, 2012
Laura Wakefield is now a member of Social Studies Chat
Jan 13, 2012

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Florida Virtual School
About Me:
I've been a Social Studies teacher for over 20 years - 17 in middle school and more than 5 in high school. I now provide professional development to history teachers.

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At 1:55pm on February 14, 2012, Amanda Wagner said…

We are friends now!  lol

At 10:21pm on January 27, 2012, Shawn McCusker said…

 

Hi Laura! Welcome to Social Studies Chat.  I look forward to working with you and hope that you can find resources that are useful. You are welcome to join us for our Monday chat on twitter (7pm EST). Also take a look at the archives and highlight docs on our main page.  There are a lot of resources there. Finally, please let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of help to you.

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