"Dear Editor . . .": Letters from the Standing Bear Writing Workshop


Over the past two months, students of Community Discovered teachers across the state of Nebraska have been learning about the story of Standing Bear through a series of writing workshops with Jane Hill, executive director of Opera Omaha and librettist for The Trial of Standing Bear, a new "opera in progress".

In these workshops, the students have not only studied the trial, but have been investigating the "cast of characters" involved in the unfolding of the story. As a result, the students have been writing letters to the editor from the viewpoints of the various characters involved, both directly and indirectly with the drama.

Students in grades 4-12 have been involved in these writing workshops. This website contains the letters that were written by these students.

Below are listed the teachers involved in this project according to school district. To view the letters of the students, click on the name of the teacher.

Grand Island Public Schools

  • Jill Klingman - Walnut Middle School, 1600 North Custer Ave, Grand Island, NE 68803
  • Jennifer Van Winkle - Barr Middle School, 602 W. Stolley Park Road, Grand Island, NE 68801

Lexington Public Schools

  • Deb Harkless - Lexington Middle School, 1100 N. Washington, Lexington, NE 68850

Nebraska City Public Schools

  • Troy Ackerman - Nebraska City High School, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410
  • Kelley Ballue - McCartney Public School, R.R. 2 - Box 319 A, Nebraska City, NE 68410

Omaha Public Schools

  • Diane Dames - Northwest High School, 8204 Crown Point, Omaha, NE 68134
  • Tim Marsden - Northwest High School, 8204 Crown Point, Omaha, NE 68134
  • Tina Buda - Grade 4 - Adams Elementary, 3420 N. 78 St., Omaha, NE 68134
  • Becky Sharpe - Grade 5 - Adams Elementary, 3420 N. 78 St., Omaha, NE 68134

Westside Community Schools

  • Sally Findley - Westside Middle School, 8601 Arbor St., Omaha, NE 68124
  • Tina Christiansen - Westside Middle School, 8601 Arbor St., Omaha, NE 68124
  • Barb Dinslage - Grade 4 - Swanson Elementary School, 8601 Harney, Omaha, NE 68114

Winnebago Public Schools

  • Bev Sevick - H.S. - Winnebago Public School, P.O. Box KK, Winnebago, NE 68071
  • Linda Kendra - Grade 8 - Winnebago Public School, P.O. Box KK, Winnebago, NE 68071