Stirring Up Justice: Writing and Reading to Change the World

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Pearson Education Canada, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 146 pages
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Many of us want to make change in our world, but no one's ever told us how. As a teacher, you can demonstrate to your students that they can be part of the solution to issues that matter to them. But activism doesn't start with slogans or sit-ins, it begins with critical awareness. Critical awareness begins with strong reading and writing habits. And powerful reading and writing instruction begins with Jessica Singer's Stirring Up Justice.

Stirring Up Justice takes you through her language arts workshops to reveal the many possibilities for improving critical awareness and to prove what a potent and lasting effect social activism can have on students. Beginning with teaching adolescents specific tools and strategies for understanding their world, Singer shows you how to combine critical skills with content-area knowledge in project-based invitations that encourage educated, engaged citizenship. With a teacher's touch and an activist's imagination, Singer shares how she transformed her classroom into a force for positive social change by focusing her curriculum and her teaching on the core theme of social activism. You'll discover how she created a reading and writing community that used creativity, rigor, and a shared sense of purpose to create meaningful and relevant outcomes.

Full of practical, ready-to-use handouts as well as useful lists of suggested resources, examples of student writing, reflections, and final projects, Stirring Up Justice gives you the best way to make change in your classroom - a social-justice-centered curriculum.

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User Review  - Annmarie Sheahan - Goodreads

This book gave me some great ideas of projects I can do with my Literacy Through Service Learning class. As required reading goes, this was relatively enjoyable and interesting. Read full review

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User Review  - JoBeth - Goodreads

Excellent example of critical pedagogy in action. Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Jessica Singer is a doctoral student in education at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research and teaching revolve around themes of activism and social justice. She previously taught high school English in Portland, Oregon, where she was also an active member of Portland Rethinking Schools, an activist organization committed to making progressive change in public education.

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