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Reacting to the Past

April 3rd, 2015 · 1 Comment

I just read this account of an English teachers experience participating in a conference session using Reacting to the Past. Reacting to the Past is an approach to teaching history and critical thinking skills using historical roleplays. From their pedagogical introduction: Reacting games last from four to fourteen class sessions, although most games are in […]

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Tags: blog · books · cultural issues · ESL activity · history · human rights · lesson plans · poverty & wealth

The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

May 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

This transcript of a speech given by journalist Chris Hedges offers a very powerful look at our current state of affairs. The introduction of the article draws parallels between our self-destructive path and the novel Moby Dick, which opens the door to using this article as part of a unit on literature, as well as […]

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Tags: art as activism · climate change · consumerism · finance · financial crisis (2008) · global issues activities · history · listening · natural disasters · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · video

Scholar as Citizen / Tea Party / Astroturf

April 7th, 2011 · No Comments

Scholar as Citizen is a new blog launched by UW-Madison professor William Cronon exploring the public practice of history. One of his first posts was about ALEC, a “nonpartisan” group for state legislators working to promote “free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty”. Two of their current objectives are exposing the “trainwreck” of the […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · history · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · video

Corporations vs. Democracy

March 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

The Story of Citizens United v. FEC is a new video by Annie Leonard (of the Story of Stuff fame) about how corporations have gained undue influence in American democracy. She looks at it historically and also looks at the 2010 Supreme Court case of the (ironically named) Citizens United v. FEC. As a result […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · history · listening · politics · poverty & wealth · video · visual prompts

Two Steps Back

March 1st, 2011 · No Comments

A recent article in the Guardian reveals some of the changes being made on Capitol Hill by the new Republican House. Among other things, they have reinstituted styrofoam coffee cups. These had been replaced with a biodegradable corn starch alternative four years ago. Next on the Republican agenda of environmental retro moves? Lightbulbs. House Republicans […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · global issues activities · history · politics · reading · the environment

Making Connections: Engaging Students in Language, Literacy, and Global Issues

March 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Making Connections is a new textbook (w/ teacher’s guide) from Facing the Future. This new research-based teacher’s guide helps students develop English language skills through highly engaging real-world investigations of current global issues. Designed for intermediate-level English language learners and striving readers, Making Connections combines language learning with opportunities for students to think critically about […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · ESL activity · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · history · human rights · k-12 · lesson plans · peace and war · poverty & wealth · racism · reading · textbooks · the environment · visual prompts · water · writing

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

Rest in Peace: Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

January 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Howard Zinn passed away on Wednesday. He is one of my favorite authors and educators, and he will certainly be missed. Recently, Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change launched the Zinn Education Project, a collection of resources for teaching A People’s History of the United States. There are tons of great materials here for introducing […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · history · human rights · k-12 · peace and war · politics · poverty & wealth · racism · reading