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The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary Educators’ Guide

By: Guide prepared by Sylvia Vardell
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This year, Ms. Hill's fifth graders are writing poems to put into a time capsule. This year, the school board plans to tear down their school to build a supermarket. They might be the last fifth grade class of Emerson Elementary. No way! Inspired by Ms. Hill's 1960s political activism, the students decide to save their beloved school. As they circulate petitions, stage sit-ins, and test the waters of democratic action, personal questions, triumphs and sorrows find their way into their poems.