Re-Imagining the Language Arts Classroom. Views from the Classroom. She has given keynote addresses at local, national, and international conferences about her work on literacy and social justice. She is a member of the Rethinking Schools editorial board.
The authors demonstrate how the interior monologue form provides students with opportunities to think about why others do what they do and why they think as they think.
What follows are eight practical and inspirational chapters—essays, lesson plans, strategies, and student writing—each quite different from another and yet cohesive in their bend toward their common goal of supporting reading and writing while inspiring a sense of social justice. Through that work, Christensen discovered that when she and her students "stopped reading novels as ends in themselves and started reading and examining society—from cartoons to immigration laws to the politics of language—and taking action" through lessons such as those found in her book, her students became more engaged in learning.
This is no easy accomplishment in a society that pits people against each other, offers vastly greater or lesser amounts of privilege based on accidents of birth, and rewards exploitation with wealth and power.
Empathy, or "social imagination," as Peter Johnson calls it in The Reading Teacher, allows students to connect to "the other" with whom, on the surface, they may appear to have little in common. A social imagination encourages students to construct a more profound "we" than daily life ordinarily permits.
A social imagination prompts students to wonder about the social contexts that provoke hurtful behaviors, rather than simply to dismiss individuals as inherently "evil" or "greedy.Lessons include "Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers," which shows teachers ways to "weave social justice issues throughout the mathematics curriculum," and "Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word.".
May 11, · I am writing this now as my New York University undergrads are taking their Social Movements final.
They are flipping through blue book pages to . Last spring, EL stirred up social justice in its May issue. This fall, Deirdra Grode talks about teaching through a social justice lens as a way to raise student engagement and consciousness.
Read Grode's latest column, "Teaching Social Justice" In one example, Grode weaves social justice content into reading comprehension and writing practice tests. When I set out to find good resources for social justice teaching, I was looking for classroom-ready materials, lesson plans with supplementary texts or videos that would prompt students to learn about, think about, and talk about social justice issues.
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Scroll down to add these options to your cart. Reflections in the Classroom: Perspectives on Teaching for Social Justice from Secondary Social Studies Educators Gregory Lee Samuels Samuels, Gregory Lee, "Reflections in the Classroom: Perspectives on Teaching for Social Justice from Secondary Social Studies Educators" ().