SECOND GRADE BIOGRAPHY TEA
This is one of the most memorable events in the lives of the Lower School students. It is not as old a tradition as fifth-grade knighting, but it is one younger alumni do speak about -- usually after they gush about the kindergarten rodeo. I do not know when the biography tea began, but I do recall that I attended a biography tea in the library when Susan Osgood taught second grade.
In fact, reading a quote in Ms. Fetter’s book in which she quotes Susan helped me overcome the idea of false memories: “The Biography Tea gives students practice in reading and summarizing. report writing, and appreciation of the lives of others.”
Imagine a small space like the library or a larger space like the cafeteria in the Anschutz Commons crammed with posters and children dressing up as the person whose biography they have read. Imagine spending part of the morning with Benjamin Franklin, Dian Fossey, Dr. Seuss, Andy Warhol, Eleanor Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Amelia Earhart, Maya Angelou, Barbara Jordan, George Washington, King Arthur, etc.
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