Resources New to Library 2003-04
 
A Celebration of India: A Curriculum Guide. Jennifer Homans. Padma and Deepak, a brother and sister from Calcutta, are the hosts for a journey to contemporary India within the pages of this curriculum guide. Its well-organized chapters introduce us to Indian history, culture, geography, and folklore — and serve as a reference work, and special activity guide. The guide was written for the National Dance Institute’s year-long residency on Indian dance, but is well-suited to more general usage. Includes lesson plans, maps, illustrations, resources, and a bibliography. grades 5 & up, 105 pp.
A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict. Focusing on six instances in the 20th century where nonviolent tactics overcame entrenched regimes, policies, or military forces, this riveting series employsa potent mix of archival footage, first-person interviews, and historical commentary.Useful both for history and government classes, the programs highlight three types of nonviolence (nonviolent protest and persuasion, noncooperation, nonviolent intervention) and emphasize how successful nonviolent conflict comes from well-planned campaigns and not spontaneous popular action.(The 544-page companion paperback by Peter Ackerman and Jack Duval discusses the topics from each episode in the series along with six other instances form places such as 1905 Russia, 1944 El Salvador, and the Philippines in the 1980's.)Grades 9 and up.
A Street Through Time: A 12,000-Year Walk Through History. Dr. Anne Millard, Illustrated by Steve Noon. This beautifully produced book, follows the life of one street over 12,000 years. It depicts the daily lives of people who lived on the street and the changes in the built environment during 14 key periods in history. Students will enjoy searching for hidden details in each two-page spread, for the time traveler in each historical period, and for the objects and buildings that have survived through the ages. This is a wonderful book for encouraging students to investigate the changes in their own streets over time. Grades 1-6.
Africa Is Not a Country. Enter into the daily life of children in the many countries of Africa.Countering stereotypes.Africa Is Not a Country celebrates the extraordinary diversity of this vibrant continent as experienced by children at home, school, work and play."A lovely book about Africa that gets the issue of its enormous diversity right."
Africa Is Not a Country. Margy Burns Knight and Mark Melnicove, Illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien.Our own student reviewer recommended this work highly, calling it “interesting and informative, and a good way to learn about the diversity of Africa.” Over the course of a long day, we meet children and families living in countries throughout the continent of Africa; in settings both urban and rural. Morning rituals, school, play, sports, meals, and more are depicted in vivid illustrations and active prose. This lovely book also celebrates the extraordinary diversity seen in language, clothing, food, housing, landscape and more of this vast continent made up of 53 nations. Includes a helpful appendix with snapshot descriptions of each country. grades 1-4, 38 pp.
All the Colors We Are. by Katie Kissinger. Magnificent photographs and simple, engaging language capture the essence of one way we are special and different from one another--our skin color!Answers the "what and why" questions that children love to ask.Including unique activity ideas.
American Islam: Growing up Muslim in America. Richard Worrmser. This positive portrait of Islam focuses mainly on American teenagers.Half the book celebrates mainstream Sunni practices, while the other half discusses the Nation of Islam, and both sections include historical perspectives.Throughout, teens describehow their religious practices and faithsustain them, and they deplore the ways in which the ignorance of non-Muslims often leads to painful situations at school or in society.Grades 7-12.
Are You a Boy or a Girl? by Karleen Pendleton. Kids spend a lot of time debating with each other over what makes a boy a boy and a girl a girl.Children could learn to blend and embrace the many ways they express themselves, but too often they learn to narrow the possibilities of who they can be.This simply told book is the story of a child thinking through who she is, and learning through her mother's love how to be strong and soft
Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage. By William Loren Katz. Traces relations between Blacks and American Indians since the time of the conquest.Filled with inspiring stories of how both groups worked together to oppose white oppression.
Bound for America: The Forced Migration of Africans. James Haskins & Kathleen Benson, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. This fine book goes beyond the reach of most works on the Middle Passage. It begins by examining slavery's origins in antiquity, and goes on to examine both the European and African historical contexts that allowed slavery to flourish in the New World. The text focuses on the hardships and realities of the passage itself, brought alive by Floyd Cooper's moving paintings, rare ina a book for older students, in addition to historic prints and photographs. Grades 4-8, 48 pages.
Bridging Cultures Between Home and School, A Guide for Teachers. Elise Trumbull, Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, The Guide presents a framework for understanding differences and conflicts that arise in situation where school culture is more individualistic than the value system of the home.
Bridging Cultures, Teacher Education Module. Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, California State University, Northridge. Bridging Cultures:Teacher Education Module is a professional development resource for teacher educators and staff developers to help preservice and in-service teachers become knowledgeable about cultural differences and understand ways of bridging and expectations of school settings with those of the home.
Chinese Traditional Arts. A.R.T.S., Inc.For almost 30 years, the educators at A.R.T.S have developed programs and materials for students and teachers. Simply, but beautifully produced, these books are rich in content and ideas for teaching students about China: Chinese Folk Songs (with a cassette tape, 20 songs in Chinese with English translations and music), Chinese Cultural Activities (make a dragon for a Chinese New Year parade and perform plays based on Chinese tales), Chinese New Year (holiday customs and an explanation of the Chinese calendar), Chinese Designs and Symbols (popular design motifs and symbols and their meaning), and Chinese Children’s Games (instructions for 10 children’s games). Grades 1-7, 30 to 50 pages, Paperback, Set includes 5 books and 1 cassette tape
CHOOSING DEMOCRACY: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION, Duane E. Campbell.In the third edition, strong coverage of the standards movement and high stakes testing places this reform initiative in historical perspective, brings it up to date with the Bush administration's education agenda, and analyzes its effect upon multicultural education.This edition offers a critical analysis of race, class, gender, and economic status as they apply to schools; and, provides hundreds of practical strategies for classroom use, based on the experience of teachers in geographically diverse, multicultural classrooms.
Classroom Crusades: Responding to the Religious Right's Agenda for Public Schools. Edited by Barbara Miner. Classroom Crusades covers the religious right's efforts to stamp their own brand of politics and religion upon our country's schools.It includes an overview of key issues such as censorship, creationism, gay rights and sexuality education, with resources and examples for defending the freedom to learn.Could accompany units on the Bill of Rights and American democracy.
Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education. Color reproduction of contemporary artwork by 50 diverse artists, bilingual artists' interviews, interdisciplinary lessons and essays.Lessons explore subjects such as American identity, family, racism, Vietnam War, and the role of public art.Artists featured include Guillermo Gomez-Pene, the Guerrilla Girls, Keith Haring, Laya Lin, Faith Ringgold and David Wojnarowicz.Ideal for art, social studies and language arts.
Contradictions in Women's Education. Barbara J. Bank and Harriet M. Yelon. This volume provides a fresh lens for viewing single-sex colleges by examining a different setting-a non-elite women's college in the Midwest.This is the story of how a group of undergraduate women experienced and coped with the contradictions of gender traditionalism, careerism, and community that formed the context in which they received their college education.
Cool Geography: Miles of Maps, Wild Adventure, Fun Activities, Facts from Around the World, and More! by Jane Glicksman. Make a sextant from simple materials.Convert a grapefruit into an interrupted projection of the world.Demonstrate plate tectonics with clay and construction paper.Turning geography from drudgery into a delight, this kid-friendly, merrily illustrated paperback abounds with questions, surprises, andsolid learning on every page.Chapter themes take types of maps and mapmaking, explores and discoverers, earth movement, and people and cultures on seven continents.Web site throughout the book point readers toward even more geography adventures on the Internet.Grades 4-8.
Cross-Cultural Roots of Minority Child Development. Elise Trumbull, Patricia M. Greenfield. This book constitutes the first time in the field of developmental psychology that cross-cultural roots of minority child development have been studied in their ancestral societies in a systematic way--and by an international group of researchers.The unique feature of this text is the paradigm.For the minority groups represented, the questions focused on how development was behaviorally expressed within the culture or origin and in new societal contexts.
Dreams of Looking Up. by Cindy Goff. This educational comic book teaches the meaning and importance of tribal sovereignty.Through the Ojibwe oral tradition, a young girl learns about her people's culture in conversations with her deceased grandmother.She passes on these vital lessons to her skeptical older brother.
Ellis Island and the Peopling of America: The Official Guide. Virginia Yans-McLaughlin and Marjorie Lightman, with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. The design of this book is as creative as its contents are instructive. It is the official guide to the exhibits at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. It is also a first-rate resource on the history of world migration and, specifically, migration to the U. S. Expertly woven throughout are succinct essays and definitions of terms; timelines, maps, graphs, and illustrations; along with fascinating primary documents. Grades 6 & up, 214 pp.
Embracing Race. Michele S. Moses. Moses provides a comprehensive examination of four major race-conscious education policies: bilingual education, multicultural curricula, affirmative action, and remedial education.
Fair is Fair: World Folktales of Justice. Sharon Creeden.A lawyer and storyteller, Sharon Creeden has compiled 30 compelling tales from around the world which shed light on contemporary ideas of fairness and justice. Each tale is followed by a discussion of legal cases or debates on issues similar to those at the heart of the tale. Here, legal issues become accessible, and folktales relevant to our modern lives.Grades 6-12, 223 pp.
Festivals of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Celebration, Customs, Events, and Holidays. by Elizabeth Breuilly Filled with gorgeous full-color photographs, explanatory maps and diagrams, and clearly written text, this expertly produced volume locks at a dizzying array of festivals around the world.As introductory chapter discusses universal festival themes and characteristics such as food ( or fasting), the seasons, calendars, and religious vs. secular holidays.Each subsequent chapter focuses on a single faith (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Shinto, Jainism, Baha'l, Rastafarianism) describing its history, basic tenets, myths and legends, and the foods, music, costumes, and other items associated with its major festivals.Grades 7 and up.
From Slave Ship to Freedom Road. Julius Lester, Paintings by Rod Brown.Julius Lester takes readers on a journey through the slave experience, prodding them with probing questions and "imagination excercises": "Would you risk going to jail to help someone you didn't know?" "You are free, but are you?" "What would it be like not to know where you were going, or what was going to happen to you when you got there?" Lester also asks readers to look closely and imagine the feelings of the African-Americans in Rod Brown's powerful paintings. This is a wonderful resource for exploring slavery and its aftermath in the United States. Grades 5-12, 40 pp.
Global Village or Global Pillage? How People Around the World are Challenging Corporate Globalization. Produced by Jeremy Brecher. This video documentary explores the impacts of globalization on communities, workplace, and environments.Narrated by Ed Asner, Global Village weaves together video of local and transnational activities, interviews, music, and comics to show that, through grassroots organizing and international solidarity, ordinary people can empower themselves to deal with the global economy.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. by Jared Diamond. Attempting toprovide a "short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years," this Pulitzer Prize-winning work centers around the provocative question of why human development proceeded at different rates on differentcontinents; or, as Diamond puts it, "why were Europeans, rather than Africans or Native deftly reasoned answer draws on fascinating archaeological, anthropological, and environmental evidence, and offers a convincing refutation of racially-based theories of history.Illustrated with maps, charts, and black and white photographs.Grades 9 and up
History Comes Home. Steven Zemelman, et al, eds. Teachers know that to make learning relevant and meaningful, they need to help students make connections between their own lives and the subjects they study. In History Comes Home, four experienced educators show how explorations of family history can be a powerful tool for accomplishing that goal. They offer guidelines for designing a family history project, teaching interviewing skills, conducting family research, creating kinship charts and family history timelines, and making family history videos. They also describe strategies for addressing district standards and requirements, assessing student work, and designing projects that encourage all students – whatever their background – to feel included.
Inside Islam. Organized into nine illustrated chapters, this all-reproducible text covers the history and spread of Islam, its teachings and practices, Islamic law, women in Islam, sects within the faith.Arab contributions (architecture, art, literature, science), holy festivals and days, and a comparison of Islam with other world religions.Chapters feature vocabulary sidebars, review sections, and essay ideas.Includes a final exam with answer key and bibliography with books and Web sites.Grades 5-8.
ISLAM: Empire of Faith(video). From Muhammad to Suleyman, this epic history covers 1000 years of Islam.Narrated by Ben Kingsley, the production reenacts historical events, presents comments by noted scholars, and provides a dazzling display of Islamic architecture and art.The companion Web site has lesson plans with time-codes, an interactive timeline, a bibliography, a glossy, and production notes.Grades 7 and up.
It's Our World, Too! Young People Who Are Making a Difference: How You Can, Too! by Phillip Hoose. This dynamic and practical companion to the award-winning We Were There, Too!gives young readers the tools to bring about changes.The first part of the book is made up of fourteen real-life accounts of children working for human rights, the needs, the environment, or world peace.The second part guides young activists with practical suggestions for planning, organizing, publicizing, and raising funds for social actions projects.A Christopher Award winner.Grades 5-12.
It's Our World, Too!: Young People Who Are Making A Difference. Christopher Award. This invaluable book provides inspiring accounts of fourteen young people working to make a difference in human rights, neighborhood safety, the environment, world peace, and more. It also provides a handbook for young activists, with practical ideas for getting started, organizing, publicizing, raising funds as well as effective tools for bringing about social change. Includes a Resource section with suggestions for useful books, Web sites, and organizations for young activists to contact. A dynamic and practical companion to Hoose’s book, We Were There, Too! : Young People in U.S. History (Under the category of "History of the United States"). Grades 5 & Up.
Kids on Strike! Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Students will respond in a new way to the history of the labor movement in America through the kid-centered perspective of this book.Incredibly informative yet still fun to read, it captures both the details of individual lives and the larger picture of the fight for child labor laws.Contains over 100 photographs from newspapers and journals of the early 20th century. Gradess 4-7.
Learning to Teach for Social Justice. Linda Darling-Hammond, Jennifer French, and Silvia Paloma Garcia-Lopez. In this skillfully crafted and engaging book, a group of students teachers-led by Linda Darling-Hammond-share their candid questions, concerns, dilemmas, and lessons learned about how to teach for social justice and social change.
Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China. Janis Herbert. This book invites readers to join 17-year-old Marco Polo as he journeys to China from Venice along the 13th century Silk Road. Along the way, children will discover a wealth of cultures as Marco Polo travels through deserts, over mountains, and across seas, stopping in exotic cities and humble villages, until at last he arrives at the palace of the Kublai Khan. Exciting activities woven throughout this beautifully produced book bring this world explorer’s journey to life. Includes a glossary, bibliography, and webography. Grades 4 & up, 130 pages.
Material World: A Global Family Portrait. Peter Menzel. Photojournalist Menzel has created a remarkable book of photographs and text depicting the average material lifestyle of 27 families from around the world. Each entry features stunning photographs documenting a family and their material possessions, often set within the context of their physical environment, with scenes and objects carefully described. Brief sidebars and key statistics describe the political history of the nation, give a sense of the level of well-being, and offer comments by the photographer. See "Through Other Eyes" (category: Exploring Diversity) for a lesson using this book. Grades 4-college, 255 pp.
Math and Science Across Cultures. by Maurice Bazin. Too often, the study of science, math, and technology is limited to the "major successes" of the Western world.Yet people all over the world have observed and explored nature and developed technologies to help them in their everyday lives.This book is designed to help teachers, parents, and youth-group leaders use hands-on activities to explore the math and science of different cultural traditions, and to make these subjects more relevant and approachable for children of all backgrounds.A rich resource ofscience lessons with the potential for social and historical connections.
Math and Science Across Cultures. Maurice Bazin and Modesto Tamez and the Exploratorium Teacher Institute. This wonderful new resource from one of the world’s foremost science museums, San Francisco’s Exploratorium, provides a wealth of inquiry-based, hands-on activities to help students explore the math and science traditions of different cultures. With these activities, students can investigate the science of sound by contructing a Brazilian Canaval instrument, decipher Mayan mathematical symbols, decode the ancient Inca number system of knotted cord quipu, experiment with a traditionally prepared cup of Chinese tea and learn about energy flow, and explore the mathematical principle of algorithms through the sand drawings of the Chokwe of southwest Africa. The authors use exciting, innovative techniques that support the most challenging of standards-based instruction., grades 4-12, 176 pp.
Math Games and Activities from Around the World. Claudia Zaslavsky. Math, history, art, and world cultures come together in this delightful book for young people. More than 70 math games, puzzles, and projects from all over the world encourage kids to hone their math skills as they use geometry to design game boards and probability to analyze the outcomes of games of chance. Students will learn that math is everywhere, from the geometry reflected in buildings to border patterns of Eskimo parkas. Grades 4-8, 145 pages.
Native American Games and Stories. James and Joseph Bruchac, Illustrated by Kayeri Akwek.An important Native American credo states that you can learn while you play and play while you learn. In this wonderful book by acclaimed Native American storytellers and writers, Joseph Bruchac and his son James, students will learn about Native American cultures through their traditional stories and games. Included are stories about games and descriptions and rules for 16 games which are divided into ball games, games of chance, games of skill, hoop games, and awareness games. Also included are a bibliography and notes on the sources of the stories. The games and stories are illustrated by Kayeri Skweks, a member of the Upper Mohawk tribe.
One Nation, Many Peoples. The first-person accounts of an African slave captured in the 1700's, a 12-year-old girl from the Dominican Republic, and an 88-year-old woman whose family came from Eastern Europe are just a few of the things you'll find in this comprehensive resource book.One Nation, Many Peoples is filled with primary source documents--many of which can't be found anywhere else.The book includes letters, first-person narratives, political cartoons, newspaper clippings, and other resources to bring the stories of immigrants from around the globe to life for your students.The book also includes hundreds of reproducible activities, crafts, recipes, project ideas, and research topics, as well as historical summaries of each period and group that is covered.A fascinating and unique teaching tool.Divided into the same eight regions as the poster set America: A Nation of Immigrants.
Other Peoples's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. by Lisa Delpit. Lisa Delpit critiques the teaching practices of many white teachers who might be unaware of the educational needs of students of color.She also shares ways teachers can be better "cultural translators" and addresses recruitment, teacher training and supervision.
Preventing Prejudice. by Marta Hawthorne. Age-appropriate gay-positive curriculum for grades K-5.A valuable resource for teachers to talk openly and respectfully with their students about gays and lesbians and take concrete steps to diminish homophobia.
Reading, Writing and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word. This practical, inspirational book offers essays, lesson plans, and a remarkable collection of student writing, all rooted in an unwavering focus on language arts teaching for justice.
Readings for Bridging Cultures, Teachers Education Module. Carrie Rothstein-Fisch. Readings for Bridging Cultures: Teacher Education Moduleprovides background information for presenters, but is also highly recommended for use by education students or other audiences as an adjunct to the Module.
Reclaiming Democracy: Multicultural Educators’ Journeys Toward Transformative Teaching. Jaime J. Romo, Paula Bradfield, Ramon Serrano. (2004)This innovative text gives voice to the challenges and rewards of transformative teaching through 17 first-person narratives by a panoply of diverse authors who have made a life of advocating for all students. These essays showcase the developmental process and the challenges that arise in developing a personal and professional identity as a multicultural educator. They explore the major topics addressed in courses in Multicultural Education and Multicultural Teaching—immigration, social class, race, gender, poverty, and others.
Remembering Slavery. Edited by Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau and Steven F. Miller. Slavery was more than a cause of the Civil War. It was the primary experience of millions of Americans. This outstanding resource seeks to help you convey that understanding to your students. The book contains moving oral histories recorded with former slaves in the 1930s and little-known photographs. Historian Ira Berlin's introductory essay on slavery provides a valuable context, while well-organized chapters facilitate quick access to material on work, family life, and more. Grades 7 & up.
Roots and Branches: A Legacy of Multicultural Music for Children. Patricia Shehan Campbell, Ellen McCullough-Bradson, and Judith Cook Tucker. With game songs and chants, circle dances, lullabies, and work songs, this is a book and tape of “musical memories” shared by men and women from 23 cultures. The teacher-friendly book includes bilingual musical transcriptions, maps, mini-posters, and information on each contributor. In Connecticut, a music teacher teamed up with a social studies teacher to create a joint unit based on this book. grades 5 & up.
Scarves of Many Colors: Muslim Women and the Veil. Bill Begelow, et. al, eds. This award-winning audiotape and curriculum guide are designed to engage students in thinking critically about stereotypes of Islamic women who wear the veil. We hear young women from the United States and the Middle East offering their stories and insights on the role of the veil in their lives and countries. The curriculum guide provides lesson ideas, student handouts, and suggestions for further reading.
Silenced Voices and Extraordinary Conversations. Michelle Fine and Lois Weis. Two noted educators invite new and veteran teachers on an intellectual guided tour through the troubles of bad practice and the delights of good.This volume is a collection of classic essays-as urgently needed now as when they first appeared-on social class, gender, and schooling crafted over the course of two decades.The authors invite all of us to take a serious look at the paradox of public education.
Songs for Social Justice. Song lyrics (some in Spanish) with annotations, teaching ideas and resource guide to help use songs in an interdisciplinary approach to history, language arts, and music.
Step It Down: Games, Stories from the Afro-American Heritage. Bessie Jones and Bess Lomax Hawes. Engage young children in games that involve cooperation and sharing with this great resource in children’s folklore of African American heritage. Includes games, singing plays, ring dances, hand claps, songs, and stories that will show children how to have fun with nothing more than their hands, feet, voices, and imagination. The 70 activities collected here include those with origins in Africa and in slavery-era America, such as “Juba,” “Knock Jim Crow,” and “Sandy Ree.” Includes simple directions, background notes, lyrics, and music. The cassette features the singing of Georgia Sea Islander Bessie Jones. Includes suggestions for teachers and parents on how to use the book.
Teaching About Climate Change: Cool Schools Tackle Global Warming. Edited by Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn. Intended as a primer to help teachers explore issues around climate change, this new anthology from Green Teacher magazine provides background information on the greenhouse effect, combined with learning activities for all ages.
Teaching About Islam and Muslimsin the Public School Classroom: A Handbook for Educators. What is Islam? Who was Muhammad?What do the terms Sunni and Shi'ah mean.What is "Islamic Fundamentalism"?Using as accessible question-and-answer format, sidebars, and clearly written text, this indispensable handbook not only helps teachers understand and teach about Islam to all of their students, but also to relate more effectively to Muslimstudents and their families.A glossy and an extensive list of recommended resourcesare included.Grades K-12.
Teaching About the Middle East: A Teacher's Resource Guide. by Abigail S. Chill. These classroom-tested lesson plan begin with an introduction on teaching Middle East studies post-September 11.This is followed by a chapter on the region's geography ("How dependent is the world on Middle Eastern oil?")and one on teaching about Islam ("How do you explain the resurgence of Islam in the 20th century?").Other topics include nationalism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and United States foreign policy.The author provides sample lesson plans, students handouts, and assessment strategies for each chapter, and identifies framework and opportunities for adapting and integrating these flexible lessons into the existing curriculum.Included are four PowerPoint presentations on CD-ROM containing maps, images, and text suitable for lectures.Grades 7 and up.
Teaching/Learning Anti-Racism: A Developmental Approach. By Louise Derman-Sparks. Provides both a "how to" and a conceptual framework to help teachers and teacher educators adapt anti-racism education."The authors have offered us enlightenment, potential directions for action, and a level of hope.I do not know if the virus of racism/White supremacy can be eliminated.I believe that if it can, it will be in large measure because of the type of work presented here."
That's Not Fair: A Teacher's Guide to Activism with Young Children. By Ann Pelo and Fran Davidson.Children have a natural sense of what's fair and what's not.With That's Not Fair teachers will learn to use this characteristic to develop children's belief that they can change the world for the better.Real-life stories of activist children, combined with teachers’ experiences and reflections, create a complete guide to childhood activism.Includes original songs for children and a resource list for both adults and children.
The Abenaki of Vermont. Michael Sacco and Gregory Sharrow. The Abenaki people have lived in what is now Vermont for thousands of years, but the state of Vermont still does not recognize the Abenaki nation. Produced by The Vermont Folklife Center, this remarkable video and teachers' guide introduces students to the rich history and culture of the Abenaki and to contemporary Abenaki living in Vermont today. The teachers’ guide explores four themes through the video: the Abenaki’s survival strategy of “hiding in plain site,” the transmission of cultural traditions within families, the respect for living things and the natural environment, and the role and importance of elders. Activities, such as “Objects Telling Stories” and “Questioning History/Expanding a Story” provide ways to help students make connections between the Abenaki and their own lives. Includes an extensive annotated bibliography and list of resource organizations and websites. Teachers’ Resource, Grades 4-12, Set of 56 pages Paperback and 28-min. video
The Civil Rights Movement for Kids: A History with 21 Activities. March C. Turck. “In this book,” the author writes, “children will revisit the early days of the Civil Rights Movement.” Beginning in the early 1950s and organized chronologically through the Civil Rights Act of 1964, chapters set the historical context, then enrich it with photographs, profiles of individuals, and clear definitions of terms and concepts. Each chapter suggests interactive activities that will help young readers better understand what they are learning and how to apply it to their own world. The “Starting Somewhere Survey,” for example, will help your group talk about attitudes toward difference. Includes the text of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act, and a thorough list of additional resources. Ages 9 & up, 158 pp.
The Cow of No Color: Riddle Stories and Justice Tales from Around the World. Nina Jaffe and Steve Zeitlin. Illustrated by Whitney Sherman Two men are traveling through the desert with the closest oasis miles away. One carries a flask filled with enough water to keep one man alive. Who should drink the water? The Cow of No Color is a collection of stories from throughout the world, all of which turn on a question of justice. After the authors describe the problem, they leave it to you to solve, and then tell you the answer as it appears in the original tale. Excellent source notes and bibliography.Grades 6-12, 160 pages, Hardcover.
The Kid's Guide to Social Action. Barbara A. Lewis. This award-winning guide for young people provides information and inspiration for young people who want to make a difference in the world. Packed with practical information, such as instructions on writing letters, doing interviews, getting media coverage, raising money, and more, the guide includes 25 reproducible forms to make these tasks easier. “Kids in Action” profiles real kids doing great work, and “Resources” points readers toward useful organizations, Web sites, books, and government offices. This inspiring guide is a great resource for schools, clubs, community groups, and kids who want to make a difference. Grades 5 & up, 224 pages, Paperback
The Power of One: A Guide to Service-Learning and Social Science Research. Crime, homelessness, child labor, hunger, drug abuse… students grapple with real-world issues as they work on service projects that can be presented at social sciences fairs, open houses, or assemblies.Directed lessons and reproducible support materials help students identify problems, conduct research, and express their learning in creative ways.From lessons to inspire activism andvolunteerism, the unit steps through activities that involve problem analysis, taskprioritization, data recording, interviewing, surveying, writing research papers, preparing displays, and much more.Developed in accord with national standards, he book is printed on heavy semi-glossy paper and housed in a three-ring notebook with dividers.Included an extensive listing of Web sites.Grades 6-12.
The Spirit That Moves Us.Vol. I by Laura R. Petovello, Vol. II by Rachel Quenk, Vol. III by Larry Stillman. This remarkable three-volume resource guide for teachers provides an invaluable tool for using literature to teach about diversity, prejudice, human rights, and the Holocaust, integrating these studies across the curriculum. Each chapter tackles a different topic and recommends 3 – 5 key fiction and non-fiction books to use in your classroom. Lesson plans for each book offer discussion questions and activities organized by curricular area. Many additional resources are listed, and the appendices offer teachers content information, guidelines for teaching sensitive topics, reprints of important human rights documents, and suggestions for finding other material. Vol.I, Grades K-4, 192 pages. Vol.II, Grades 5-8, 170 pages. Vol.III, Grades 9-College, 220 pages.
This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from around the World. Selected by Naomi Shihab Nye. This antholology introduces over 125 poems from 68 countries, many translated into English for the first time, and gives students the opportunity to learn about the world while they learn about poetry. The poems are simple enough to be enjoyed by younger readers, yet sophisticated enough to be appreciated by the more advanced.
Through Other Eyes. Joan Skolnick, Nancy Dulberg and Thea Maestre. Through Other Eyes is filled with lessons and inspiring ideas to help students explore how the world might look through someone else’s eyes. The authors use key social studies themes and the tools of the historian — primary sources, literature, writing, and the arts — to provide a curriculum model that can be applied to any curriculum context.
Transforming the Multicultural Education of Teachers. Michael Vavrus. Vavrus provides concrete structural suggestions for including transformative multicultural education in higher educationand k-12 in-service programs and offers a multicultural critique of new NCATE accreditationstandards for teacher education programs, offering re-conceptualized assessment procedures.
Turning to Each Other, Not on Each Other: How School Communities Prevent Racial Bias in School Discipline. By Susan Sandler. Using data from eight schools that use caring, thoughtful approaches to prevent racial bias in discipline, this report details how to create realistic school discipline and urges us to take action to address the discipline crisis.
We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools. By Gary Howard. With 25 years of teaching experience as a multicultural educator, collaboration with students and colleagues form diverse cultures, and extensive travel to draw on, Gary Howard looks into his own racial identity to discover what it means to be a culturally competent white teacher in racially diverse schools.His lively stories and compelling analysis offer a healing vision for the future of education in pluralistic nations.
We WereThere, Too! Young People in American History. This unique book tells the story of the role young people have played in the history of our nation. Drawing largely on primary sources - first person accounts, journals, letters, and interviews - it tells the stories of more than 70 young people. Students will meet Olaudah Equiana, kidnapped from his village in western Africa and forced to endure a terrifying voyage into slavery; Rebecca Bates, who with her sister plays the fife and drum that scare off British soldiers during the War of 1812; and Anyokah, who helps her father create a written Cherokee language. Includes a list of sources. Grades 3-8, 264 pages
What Keeps Teachers Going? by Sonia Nieto. What helps great public school teachers persevere - in spite of everything?Sonia Nieto, a renowned teacher-educator, takes a close look at what can be learned from veteran teachers who not only continue to teach but also manage to remain enthusiastic about it. Nieto collaborates with experienced teachers in urban schools who are effectively working with students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds-students who are among the most marginalized in our public schools.
Who Are the Arabs: The Arab World in the Classroom. by Steve Tamari. History, poetry, photographs, maps, short stories and articles by and about the Arab-speaking world.