A Place in the Middle

Source: A Place in the Middle
Subject: History
Topic:  Integrated
Grade Levels: Elementary School: 4th Grade, 5th Grade; Middle School: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade; High School: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Overview:

A Place in the Middle is the true story of Ho’onani, a remarkable eleven year old girl who dreams of leading the hula troupe at her inner-city Honolulu school. The only trouble is that the group is just for boys. She’s fortunate that her teacher understands first-hand what it’s like to be “in the middle” – the Native Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirit. As student and teacher prepare for a climactic end-of-year performance, together they set out to prove that what matters most is what’s inside a person’s heart and mind.

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Lesson tags: 10TH GRADE, 11TH GRADE, 12TH GRADE, 4TH GRADE, 5TH GRADE, 6TH GRADE, 7TH GRADE, 8TH GRADE, 9TH GRADE, COLONIALISM, FAMILY, GENDER, GENDER EXPRESSION, GENDER ROLES, NATIVE AMERICAN, RACE, TWO-SPIRIT
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