I have included this assignment on Residential Schools in Canada because my students were able to connect meaningfully with it and because I enjoyed teaching and creating it tremendously. The kids were quick to connect with the marked changes in Thomas Moore’s appearance. They were shocked that schooling could impose so wholly and cruelly on the freedoms of a child–a child with whom they could align themselves. I believe that the content of the lesson allowed the kids in my class to better align with a historical figure now nearly 100 years out of context.
I eventually used the photos on a test and though most of the students in the class did not test well, they performed above average on this test.