How’s Your Summer Reading progressing?

6a00d8341cca7b53ef0148c7dbdc30970cWhile I have been having fun balancing Nathaniel Philbrick (Valiant Ambition, Why Read Moby-Dick?, and Bunker Hill) and some of his favorite non-fiction authors, such as Walter Lord, with Geraldine Brooks’ March, I have enjoyed going back to our community text, Mark Shriver’s  A Good Man. In fact, I recently visited the Kennedy Library and Museum, and found that Sargent Striver in the key moments that the memoir delineates, particularly reaching out to Martin Luther King during the 1960 election, the launching of the Peace Corps, and executing the details of JFK’s funeral. It has also been interesting to see how Striver played a key role in the Johnson administration for the War on Poverty. I look forward to looking into the biography Sarge. Here’s a link to an interesting video from Meet the Press that was produced after his death.


About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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1 Response to How’s Your Summer Reading progressing?

  1. Max Bass says:

    Throughout the many memories Mark Shriver had of his father, Sargent Shriver. They all had one trait in common: integrity. Sargent Shriver demonstrated honesty and a strong moral impact on his work in politics, the Peace Corps, and at home with his family. As Mark Shriver stated, “Uncle Bobby was standing nearby and said, “Kennedys don’t cry!” Dad heard him but didn’t look his way. Instead, he walked straight toward my brother and said, “It’s okay, you can cry! You’re a Shriver!” (71) By showing his son that it was okay to cry shows that Sargent Shriver was accepting and encouraged emotional feelings and not to shy away from them.

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