While in Giant City State Park, I remembered that it was a park that was built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), a program created by FDR during the depression to give young men jobs and build a national park system. I didn't know any of this until my students read Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." We watched a great PBS documentary about the kids that rode the rails during that time to look for work, and the CCC was mentioned. We could have stayed in one of the refurbished CCC cabins, but with my Mom, I thought that it was better for her in a less tiny place; although, she is pretty tiny. It's pretty cool to see what we have talked about in class. In this trip, I am making a point to hit a few spots that come up regularly in class. My hope is that if my students know that I seek out the actual places, they will want to do the same. Isn't that how any of us really learn best?
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