Spring presents class workshops on these books:
1 Seeing Lessons.  1 hour designed for grades 2, 3, 4. 

Spring discusses the meaning of nonfiction, fiction, and historic fiction, using three of her books as examples.  She then reads selected passages from the novel.  After each, an exercise for student volunteers wearing blindfolds helps them understand how the blind children had to learn.  At the end, students talk about how children with disabilities are included in school and everyday life in the 21st century.

2 The Struggle for Equality: Women and Minorities in America.  1 hour designed for grades 6-8. 

Spring leads the students through discussions and exercises in which they understand what it means to be denied freedom and equality.   Girls learn that until the 20th century American women had no vote or property rights, and were allowed few professions.  Exercises demonstrating the severe restrictions put on American Indians, Asian and Latino immigrants show attitudes that still prevail today.

3 Anne Frank: Hope in the Shadows of the Holocaust. 1 hour designed for grades 6-8.

Using some projections and Spring’s personal experiences and poems written for her by students, participants enter the 1940s world of Anne Frank and her family.  Students move into restrictive spaces for them in the classroom, blinds down, and feel the dark frightening life the Jews in hiding had to lead.  What gave Anne hope?  Who kept them alive?  All are revealed in this hour.

4 World Black History. 1 hour designed for grades 4-5.

Spring uses her books “The Struggle for Freedom” and “Making their Mark” to help this age group understand that people of African descent were enslaved all over the world for many centuries.  They look mainly at slavery in British ruled colonies including North America, and Spanish ruled South American countries.  The nature of slave life, slave rebellions, and slave determination is studied through illustrations and examples.  Children are then asked to pretend they did nothing but hard work at home all their lives, and never went to school:  how would they manage in the world if they could not read, write, or do math?  This was the state of most freed slaves. How they “made their mark” is a remarkable tale of global oppression and how each person conquered it in his own way.

Contact Spring by email: springgagliardi @ gmail.com