Tuesday, August 10, 2010
It also explains. For in the generous basement of the Please Touch Museum sits this 20' x 30' model of the fairgrounds. Built in 1889 and transported from place to place until it was given this remarkable home, the model recreates the Exhibition at a 1 to 192 ratio. The photograph above is of the Main Exhibition building, where much of the action in Dangerous Neighbors takes place.
I was thinking about all of this today for two reasons. First, because Serena Agusto-Cox has published today her very thoughtful description and analysis of Dangerous Neighbors on her popular blog, Savvy Verse & Wit, prompting, as she does, a conversation among her avid readers (thank you, Serena, and thank you, Serena's readers).
Additionally, yesterday I was honored by an email from Elizabeth Mosier, who read the book at once (how she does this sort of thing, with her schedule, I'll never know) and wrote to me with a list of word-spreading ideas. One of those involved the creation of a teacher's guide, an idea I've been playing with for some time. I'm not sure I'd have jumped the fence, however, had Elizabeth not encouraged me in that direction. And so today, at the foot of this desk, sit many of the books and newspaper/magazine articles that helped me find my way into the Centennial. I'm going to take my time creating this guide, and I'll post about it when it is done. But between now and then, picture me developing classroom prompts around topics ranging from progress to feminism to sibling love and rivalry.
All ideas, as always, are welcome.