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Volume 28 Number 4

Free The Library that Target Built

By Rachel Cloues

When Target donated a library “makeover” to a San Francisco elementary school, the district’s anti-branding policy wasn’t enough to keep the students from being engulfed by corporate messaging.

Free La biblioteca que construyó Target

Por Rachel Cloues, traducido por Nicholas Yurchenco

Cuando Target le donó a una escuela primaria en San Francisco la remodelación de su biblioteca, la política del distrito en contra de las marcas no fue suficiente para impedir que los estudiantes fueran bombardeados por mensajes corporativos.

Disarming the Nuclear Family

By Willow McCormick

Most children’s books—even those with animals as the protagonists—portray families with two heterosexual parents. A 2nd-grade teacher has her students create a book that represents their own more diverse families.

Free El desarme de la familia nuclear

Por Willow McCormick, traducido por César Peña-Sandoval

La mayoría de libros para niños –hasta los que usan animales como protagonistas– retratan a las familias con dos padres heterosexuales. Una maestra de 2do grado pide que sus estudiantes creen un libro que represente la diversidad de sus propias familias.

Free “May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor”
Teaching class and collective action with The Hunger Games

By Elizabeth Marshall and Matthew Rosati

The Hunger Games becomes the basis for a role play that deepens students’ understanding of social class and its impact on alliances and resistance.

Free “Que las probabilidades estén siempre a su favor”
Enseñar sobre las clases sociales y la acción colectiva a través de Los juegos del hambre (The Hunger Games)

Por Elizabeth Marshall y Matthew Rosati, traducido por Shireen Cotterall

Los juegos del hambre se usa como base para una dramatización que profundiza el conocimiento de los estudiantes sobre la clase social y cómo esta impacta las alianzas y la resistencia.

12 Years a Slave: Breaking Silences About Slavery

By Jeremy Stoddard

A teacher educator puts the award-winning 12 Years a Slave in the context of other films used to teach about slavery.


Free Colonialism, Not Reform: New Orleans Schools Since Katrina
An Interview with Karran Harper Royal

By Stan Karp and Jody Sokolower

A community activist with decades of experience in the New Orleans public schools talks about the state of education there since Hurricane Katrina.

Singing Up Our Ancestors
Teaching Myrlin Hepworth’s “Ritchie Valens”

By Linda Christensen

Students learn some cultural history, “raise the bones” of a biographical poem, and then write their own.

Independence or Catastrophe?
Teaching Palestine through multiple perspectives

By Samia Shoman

A social studies teacher uses conflicting narratives to engage students in studying the history of Palestine/Israel, focusing on the events of 1948.

Free Carbon Matters
Middle school students get carbon cycle literate

By Jana Dean

A 6th-grade teacher uses the carbon cycle to help students understand climate change. Along the way, she deals with a parent who wants her to give equal time to “climate change is a myth.”


Free A Letter from the Editors

Free In Memoriam:
David McLimans

Free Short Stuff

Free Book Review:
Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty, by Paul Gorski

Reviewed by Harper B. Keenan

Free Good Stuff:

By Herbert Kohl

Free Resources

Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice education resources

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