Whose Renaissance Is It?

School Year: 
Sixth Grade

Keeping with the year-long theme of Bridges and Barriers, the winter expedition will focus on identity - helping students understand and embrace the complicated, multiple, and unique identities that describe who they are. Only through this work can sixth-graders go on to understand and empathize with their classmates and with the members of our community at large. Investigations around race and class will give students the tools to understand how disproportionate equity and opportunity are within our city. Students will examine their own identities with the intention of better understanding each other and the world around them. Students will spend the latter half of the winter expedition working with local artists and storytellers, interviewing and collecting stories from people across the city to better understand their struggle to succeed and their hopes for our city’s renaissance. Sixth-graders will share their experiences through monologues and poetry that capture the ideals and reality of Rochester’s renewal.