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Pulitzer Center Update April 4, 2018

This Week in Education: The Fighting Words Poetry Contest

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Planet Earths average temperature has risen about one degree Fahrenheit in the last fifty years. By...

Image by Jordan Roth. United States, 2016.
Image by Jordan Roth. United States, 2016.

Featured Lesson Plan:

Fighting Words: Poetry as a Response to Conflict [Contest and Workshop]

Happy National Poetry Month from the Pulitzer Center! In celebration, we invite students to consider: How can poetry be an effective response to conflict and current events? How can we use poetry to connect global issues to our local and personal contexts? Here are two ways to explore these questions in your classroom:

The Fighting Words Poetry Contest: All current students are invited to submit poems about peace and conflict that include lines from a Pulitzer Center story for the chance to win cash prizes up to $100, publication, and performance opportunities. DEADLINE: May 18, 2018

The Fighting Words Poetry Workshop: Expose your students to a world of poetry and global journalism—and prepare them to craft successful contest entries—through this workshop guide, or email us at [email protected] to invite a Pulitzer Center education team member to facilitate.

Image by Daniel Grossman. India, 2014.
About half a million Hindu pilgrims from throughout India visit Kedarnath every year. Most walk from the nearest road for 10 miles along a rugged trail, while some ride ponies or donkeys. Image by Daniel Grossman. India, 2014.

Featured Reporting Project:

Earth Day Documentary Short

In advance of Earth Day (April 22), we're featuring short films on climate change and the environment. This week: Daniel Grossman reports as two towns cope with the consequences as glaciers melt in the Himalayas.

Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.
Rosalie Sewap attended the Guy Hill Indian Residential School (1959–1969): “We had to pray every day and ask for forgiveness. But forgiveness for what? When I was 7 I started being abused by a priest and a nun. They’d come around after dark with a flashlight and would take away one of the little girls almost every night. You never really heal from that. I turned into an alcoholic and it’s taken me a long time to escape that. I can’t forgive them. Never.” Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.

Featured Blog:

NewsArts Education Program Featured on Fox 8 [Video]

Fox 8 News in North Carolina interviewed grantee Daniella Zalcman, Pulitzer Center Senior Education Manager Fareed Mostoufi, and high school students about the experience of participating in NewsArts, a program that focuses on the intersections of journalism and the arts.

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MIKE PINAY, Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School (1953-1963).“It was the worst 10 years of my life. I was away from my family from the age of six to 16. How do you learn about family? I didn’t know what love was. We weren’t even known by names back then. I was a number.” Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.

For more than a century, many Western governments operated a network of Indian Residential Schools...


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