Volume 28, No.4 - Summer 2014

Volume 28, No.4 - Summer 2014
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The Library That Target Built

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.

The Library That Target Built

La biblioteca que construyó Target

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.

La biblioteca que construyó Target

Disarming the Nuclear Family

Creating a classroom book that reflects the class

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.

Disarming the Nuclear Family

El desarme de la familia nuclear

Un libro que refleje la realidad del salón de clases

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.

El desarme de la familia nuclear

“May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor”

Teaching class and collective action with The Hunger Games

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

“May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor”

“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)

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.

“Que las probabilidades estén siempre a su favor”

'12 Years a Slave': Breaking Silences About Slavery

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

'12 Years a Slave': Breaking Silences About Slavery
Features

Singing Up Our Ancestors

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

Singing Up Our Ancestors

Independence or Catastrophe?

Teaching Palestine through multiple perspectives

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

Independence or Catastrophe?

Carbon Matters

Middle school students get carbon cycle literate

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.”

Carbon Matters
Departments
Good Stuff

Affirmations

Letter from the Editors

Targeting Books and Films

In Memoriam

David McLimans