I also teach Social Studies and we, too, covered the Renaissance and Martin Luther. Our social studies textbook gave the Renaissance all of two paragraphs which it shared with the Reformation. I immediately threw that book aside and dug up my own resources to teach these very two important events that shape our existence today, at least in the Western world, but arguably the whole world.
Interesting assignment you gave them-do you mind if I copy it and do it with my GT kids next year? I think it will be very interesting as GT kids sometimes come up with stuff I would have never thought about.
I think it is good that your glbt kids know they have a place to go to. I have had 3 kids so far,in 6th grade, come to me privately telling me they thought they were gay. I am not out either. but I listened and gave them advice that was appropriate for them at that stage.
My principal bows often to gripey parents and although I think he may privately agree with me, he is afraid of parents who cause a lot of trouble because he will get his ass chewed if the parents go above him to the administration.
Here in Texas, gay people walk a fine line. We don't advertise it and try to keep it private, but you know, sometimes I want to shout it out and not be afraid of reprisal, but then again, I don't want crosses burned in my front yard....
If everyone cared and nobody cried, if everyone loved and nobody lied, if everyone shared and swallowed their pride, we'd see the day when nobody died. IF EVERYONE CARED/Nickelback