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ERIC Number: EJ906745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1074-4762
Paying Attention: Talking about Social Justice in a Reading Intervention Program
Johnson, Danielle
Voices from the Middle, v18 n2 p26-35 Dec 2010
Attempting discussions about social justice issues in a junior high classroom can be a daunting but critical task. Uncertainty about how to get conversations started, along with fear about where such talk might lead, can make the task easy to dismiss. In this paper, one teacher tells her story of inviting rich discussion about a variety of issues--including racism, sexism, and poverty--in a classroom targeting 8th and 9th graders in a reading intervention program. Strategies to encourage discussion included inviting all students, modeling critical questioning, being open and honest, sharing control with students, and finding the right texts. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Grade 9; Junior High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A