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Stand Up!
Aleena Malik

In Upper School English, the seventh grade class has begun a unit highlighting social influence, personal agency, and decision making in the face of wrongdoing. We have found examples of both action and inaction in short stories about bullying, in stories about social media use and misuse, and in the lives of historical figures.

In Upper School English, the seventh grade class has begun a unit highlighting social influence, personal agency, and decision making in the face of wrongdoing. We have found examples of both action and inaction in short stories about bullying, in stories about social media use and misuse, and in the lives of historical figures.
 
Middle school is infamous for its drama, social struggles, and bullying. We began our Stand Up unit by exploring the immense power that our choices can have on our peers and our Crane community. Students brainstormed various ways that we can use that power to make our campus a better, kinder, and more giving place through both action and words.
 
Our combined class effort to improve our campus can be found on the windows of Ms. Lombardi’s classroom in the Oak Tree Quad. We created a “Take What You Need” station, where students, teachers, parents, and other Crane community members can stop by and pick up a pep-talk paper to add a little confidence, encouragement, hope, kindness, or peace of mind to their day.
 
Next, we began a deep dive into global activism. Each seventh grader has selected an activist, or a “Stand-Upper,” from a selection of 40 change-makers from more than 20 distinct countries, who support a myriad of causes. Some are historical figures, some are modern-day heroes, and others are children themselves. Each student is currently in the process of creating a punchy piece of graffiti that represents the mission of their Stand-Upper, and they will present their art during a stencil walk on Tuesday, March 12 in the Oak Tree Quad. This culmination will take place during Periods 1, 2, and 3 on Tuesday morning, and we encourage you to come and hear about all the positive changes being made in the world. If you cannot make it during the school day, come check out the stenciled graffiti after school or around pick-up time. We hope to see you at our windows or taking a walk through our stencil gallery in the Oak Tree Quad next week.
 
Aleena Malik
Teaching Fellow, Upper School English

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