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Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Voices From the Field

Reading and Writing About the World, Ourselves, and Others


The publication Voices From the Field contains personal essays written by returned Peace Corps Volunteers, accompanied by standards-based language arts lesson plans and workshops that

  • Stengthen students' reading comprehension and writing skills.
  • Engage and inspire students to respond to the text and create original narratives
  • Broaden students' perspectives on the world and themselves.

Read the full introduction to Voices, which explains how the book is organized and how best to use it. This publication is only available on the World Wise Schools website.

Reflections on the Peace Corps

Heroes and Friends

  • "I Had a Hero," by Mike Tidwell (Central Africa: Zaire/Congo)
  • "'Magic' Pablo," by Mark Brazaitis (Central America: Guatemala)


No Easy Answers


The Appendix (pdf–207 KB) contains background information on the Understanding by Design educational framework, as well as reading comprehension strategies, tips on the use of journals, a list of references cited in Voices From the Field, credits, and acknowledgments.

Download Voices From the Field

Download Voices from the Field as a pdf file here. (pdf–2.3 MB)