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But It’s Just One Cent! Middle School ELLs Practice Critical Literacy in Support of Migrant Farmworkers

October 17th, 2012 · No Comments

This past summer, at the BART Summer Symposium, I went to a great presentation about a middle-school ESL unit on the treatment of migrant farmworkers. One of the presenters just published an article on this in the Fall 2012 issue of eJournal of Literacy and Social Responsibility. It starts on page 158. Students began by […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · human rights · k-12 · poverty & wealth

To My Old Master

January 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Letters of Note recently posted a letter from a freed slave to his former master. The former slave was living and working on Ohio, when his former master wrote to him asking him to return to work on his farm. His response is a spectacular blend of sincerity and sarcasm. In my experience, students are […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · global issues activities · human rights · poverty & wealth · reading

Slavery Footprint

November 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Slavery Footprint is a visually engaging survey that roughly determines how many slaves were involved in producing the goods we consume. It’s similar to carbon footprint calculators in terms of the questions it asks, asking about your home, electronics, diet, clothing and so on. On several of the questions, it allows you to really delve […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · consumerism · fair trade · global issues activities · human rights · poverty & wealth · reading · statistics · visual prompts

Products of Slavery

November 22nd, 2010 · 4 Comments

Products of Slavery is a deceptively simple website: a gray world map dotted with yellow numbered circles. Each of these circles corresponds to a country, each number to the variety of products produced in that country by child or forced labor. Click on a number and it bursts into a collection of icons depicting the […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · consumerism · fair trade · global issues activities · human rights · infographics · maps · politics · poverty & wealth · racism · reading · visual prompts

Where Children Sleep

October 19th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Where Children Sleep is a slideshow from the Telegraph that shows children and their bedrooms. They tend to focus on somewhat extreme examples, but the differences are powerful. I find the images of the children themselves particularly striking. The brief descriptions that accompany each photo relate to global issues like child labor, human rights and […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · environmental justice · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · poverty & wealth · slideshow · visual prompts

Teach UNICEF

June 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Teach UNICEF is a new website that shares a bunch of UNICEF teaching materials by topic and grade level. Topics include child labor, armed conflict, poverty and sanitation, to name a few. Most topics offer materials for grades 6-8 and 9-12, and some include K-2 or 3-5. You can also browse by media type. I […]

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Congratulations to Global Issues in the ELT Classroom!

April 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Global Issues in the ELT Classroom, a new textbook by the Czech Republic’s Society for Fair Trade, won a 2010 ELTon from the British Council for innovation. This book uses the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals as a framework to address a wide range of global issues. The sample activities look promising, but they are […]

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Tags: blog · books · child labor · climate change · cultural issues · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · peace and war · politics · poverty & wealth · statistics · the environment · water

The Best Sites for Learning about Cesar Chavez

April 4th, 2010 · No Comments

March 31st was Cesar Chavez’s birthday, and Larry Ferlazzo updated his list of the Best Sites for Learning about Cesar Chavez. His list includes a lot of great stuff, including readings, audio and video clips. One that caught my eye is something from the Smithsonian on the banning of the short-handled hoe. I have to […]

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A Young People’s History of the United States

February 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

I just became aware of A Young People’s History of the United States,a version of Howard Zinn’s classic targeted towards younger readers. I haven’t seen the book myself yet, but I suspect that it would work well with English learners, too.

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Tags: blog · child labor · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · history · human rights · k-12 · maps · peace and war · politics · poverty & wealth · racism · reading

Global Issues Activities for K-12 ESL Classes

July 17th, 2009 · No Comments

I was recently asked for suggestions for materials that could be used with younger learners. Here are a few of my favorites. Facing the Future has a collection of activity-based, global issues lesson plans for students of all ages. In addition to the great stuff they offer for sale, they have a ton of materials […]

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