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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

The Institute for Humane Education

February 10th, 2010 · No Comments

The Institute for Humane Education has a great collection of activities, many of which could be used with English language learners. Most of them are aimed at younger learners, but many could also be used effectively with adults. I haven’t yet had a chance to go through the whole site, but I took a look […]

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Tags: animal rights · blog · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · environmental justice · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · human rights · k-12 · lesson plans · poverty & wealth · reading · speaking · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · visual prompts · water

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

A Class Divided

July 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

A Class Divided is a wonderful episode of Frontline that shows an ingenious two-day activity undertaken by the third grade class of teacher Jane Elliot. In this activity, devised the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Elliot divides her class into blue-eyes and brown-eyes. On the first day, the blue-eyed students are given preferential […]

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Tags: blog · cultural issues · global issues activities · k-12 · lesson plans · listening · politics · racism · speaking · video

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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