"More than the Truth" is the first of four volumes chronicling the "Curriculum Seminars," an innovative two year professional development experience for urban middle school teachers from around the country. In the program described here, students were expected to write powerful nonfiction, use primary sources, and make connections between the abstract and concrete. Most striking, the teachers themselves first became students before setting the standards, immersing themselves in the unfamiliar world of professional journalism to become novice writers.
"More than the Truth" shows us sixth graders examining the changes in their neighborhood through the power of visual imagery. We see students whose first language is not English acquiring the subtle skills in observation, interviewing, research, and reflection. We see immersion journalism become the setting for a cross-disciplinary project in American history, civics, and bilingual literacy. Most of all, we see students and teachers engaging in real conversations about powerful teaching and learning.