Social Studies for Social Justice Teaching Strategies for the Elementary Classroom

ISBN-10: 0807747629

ISBN-13: 9780807747629

Edition: 2007

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Dedication to social justice teaching is important, yet putting one's ideals into practice in American schools is a challenging task. This book goes beyond theory and idealism to fully explore the value and impact of implementing social action and social justice activities in the elementary school classroom. Informed by the experiences of more than forty teachers across the country, this thoughtful resource: (1) examines how elementary teachers, from inner cities to rural towns, use the social studies curriculum to teach about and for social justice; (2) focuses on how teaching social studies for social justice relates to standardized testing, state curricula, and the local challenges teachers face; (3) offers classroom activities and "Reflection Exercises" and "Teaching Ideas" to provide teachers with practical applications for the topics discussed; and (4) includes a list of children's literature books, curriculum materials, and websites.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 4/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Jesse Morse is a Creative Doctoral Candidate at the University of Denver. He spends a lot of time outside with his Labradane Hank. His chapbook “Rotations” was published by C-L Press. His work recently appeared in Mudthroat and he will have forthcoming work in With + Stand. Jesse also runs the Smorg Reading Series.

Series Foreword
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Understanding Social Justice Education
The Nature of Social Justice
Care and Fairness
Characteristics of Social Justice Education
Conclusion
Reflection Exercises
Creating a Socially Just Classroom Community
Embracing the Individual
Building a Socially Just Community from Day One
Speaking Up
Arranging the Room
Supporting the Community with Circle Meetings
Widening the Community
Teaching a Social Curriculum
Putting It All Together: Melinda's "Kids Who Care" Class
Conclusion
Reflection Exercises
Reinventing the Social Studies Curriculum
Adapting the Standard Curriculum
Dealing with Standards and Tests
Teaching History for Social Justice
Seeking Support for Social Justice Teaching
Social Justice Teaching in Action
Conclusion
Reflection Exercises
Social Justice Themes and Skills
Social Justice Themes
Social Justice Skills
A Sample Unit: The Civil Rights Movement
Conclusion
Reflection Exercises
Essential Teaching Strategies
Thematic Approach
Children's Literature
Questions
Role-Play and Simulations
Primary Sources
Visual and Performing Arts
And More...
Conclusion
Teaching Ideas
Activism and Community Connections
Community Connections
Activism
Conclusion
Teaching Ideas
Looking Forward
Social Justice Teaching Resources
Description of the Research
References
Index
About the Author
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