Chinese History Research Projects Incorporate Art and Writing

On December 21, eighth grade students participated in an academic museum-style display of their research-based history projects about the study of Mao Zedong, called the MAOseum. Each boy was responsible for making a display that reflected or supported their thesis, based on their research of Mao. The project had to also answer one question in some way: How should he [Mao] be remembered as a leader? Boys then had to present their findings to parents, teachers, students or staff members who visited their station.
Research topics varied based on a student’s interest. Some were focused on propaganda, some on society and economics, and others on the cultural and societal oppression of the Chinese people. A few of the students’ creations included: propaganda booklets, shadowbox displays, papier-mâché sculptures, academic research posters, and more.
“Our students did a great job not only presenting their studies but finding what interested them and creating a comprehensive, thorough presentation,” Upper School History Teacher Kim Sklow said. “Research was only one part of the assignment. Distilling information into a short presentation, being able to field questions and use creativity to design a visual representation were other components to a successful project. It was so interesting to see the different ways students brought their research to life.”

Allen-Stevenson’s distinctive “enlightened traditional” approach educates boys to become scholars and gentlemen.