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Rethinking Schools: Environmental Justice

June 29th, 2009 by Dave · No Comments

The summer 2009 issue of Rethinking Schools is based around the theme of environmental justice, and lots of the articles are available free on their website.

Highlights include The Big One an article by Bill Bigelow (author of Rethinking Globalization) on teaching about climate change. The article includes a description of several climate change activities, and materials are also available. One of the activities is a roleplaying game, which seems like a neat way to bring the issue into the classroom.

There is also an article on using first-personal narratives to teach about climate change. It includes a video of students in a small Yup’ik fishing village in western Alaska whose lives are already being profoundly affected by the changing climate.

Finally, there is an excerpt from a new book by Linda Christensen. She wrote Reading, Writing, and Rising Up, a book of activities for activism and literacy that I really like. Her new book is called Teaching for Joy and Justice.

Tags: blog · climate change · consumerism · environmental justice · environmental racism · global issues activities · lesson plans · teaching with games · the environment

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