ERIC Number: ED468415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
"It's Our World Too": Socially Responsive Learners in Middle School Language Arts.
Busching, Beverly; Slesinger, Betty Ann
Grounded in the premise that students can learn about the world, nurture the impulse to care about others, and still meet required educational standards, this book outlines a middle school curriculum in which students can learn to identify with, investigate, and then act on social issues. It offers teachers the following resources: an extended discussion of the Great Depression, World War II, and Holocaust; help on planning a social issues curriculum that focuses on reading, researching, and writing skills, along with advice on how to help struggling learners; guidance on how to coach students to improve communication skills as they speak out on issues; and lists of fiction, nonfiction, and other sources on a range of topics. After an introduction, the chapters in this book are: (1) The Curricular Stance: Active Learning into Active Citizenship; (2) The World War II and Holocaust Inquiry Unit; (3) Classroom Life: Evolving Toward Democracy; (4) Inquiry: Noticing, Questioning, Searching, and Caring; (5) The Depression-Era Inquiry Unit: Expanding a Novel Study; (6) Literature: Expanding the Lifespace of Students; (7) Communication: A Public Voice; and (8) Contributors and Critics: Students in the World. (Contains 116 references.) (PM)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Learning Problems, Middle Schools, Reading Skills, Social Attitudes, Social Problems, Student Research, Teaching Methods, World War II, Writing Skills
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.