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    • Five Years After the Levees Broke: Bearing Witness Through Poetry (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Five Years After the Levees Broke: Bearing Witness Through Poetry

    • Teaching Activity. By Renée Watson. 7 pages.
      A teacher’s reflection on the power of poetry to spark critical discussion and reflection on current issues of inequality surrounding disaster response in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Art & Music, Environment & Food, Language Arts, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media, Racism & Racial Identity |
    • Haiku and Hiroshima: Teaching About the Atomic Bomb
    • Haiku and Hiroshima: Teaching About the Atomic Bomb

    • Teaching Activity. By Wayne Au. 3 pages.
      Lesson for high school students on the bombing of Hiroshima using the film Barefoot Gen and haiku.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Language Arts, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Promoting Social Imagination Through Interior Monologues (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Promoting Social Imagination Through Interior Monologues

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Linda Christensen. 3 pages.
      Empathy, or “social imagination,” allows students to connect to “the other” with whom, on the surface, they may appear to have little in common.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Language Arts, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Unleashing Sorrow and Joy: Writing Poetry from History and Literature (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Unleashing Sorrow and Joy: Writing Poetry from History and Literature

    • Teaching Activity. By Linda Christensen. 10 pages.
      Teacher reflection on different ways to effectively incorporate poetry into history or literature classes.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 20th Century, All US History | Themes: Language Arts, Racism & Racial Identity, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Warriors Don't Cry: Connecting History, Literature, and Our Lives

    • Teaching Activity. By Linda Christensen. 21 pages.
      Role play and writing activities for language arts and social studies on the Little Rock Nine, Brown v. Board, and schooling in general. Designed for use with the memoir Warriors Don’t Cry.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Language Arts, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • The Power of the Story: The Voice of Witness Teacher's Guide to Oral History

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Cliff Mayotte. 2013 (2nd edition). 145 pages.
      A guide to explore contemporary issues through oral history, and to develop the communication skills necessary for creating oral history projects in communities.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Language Arts, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Linda Christensen and Dyan Watson. 2015. 272 pages.
      Lessons and poetry to help students develop writing skills, build community, and create a vision of a future with justice.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Art & Music, Language Arts | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades Pre-K-2, High School
    • Teaching for Joy and Justice: Re-imagining the Language Arts Classroom

    • Teaching Guide. By Linda Christensen. 2009. 300 pages.
      Through stories, Christensen demonstrates how to draw on students’ lives and the world to teach poetry, essay, narrative, and critical literacy skills. Published by Rethinking Schools.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Language Arts | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Michele Bollinger and Dao Tran. 2012. 215 pages.
      A collection of 101 brief and accessible profiles of rebels, radicals, and fighters for social justice.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: African American, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Environment & Food, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Language Arts, Latino, LGBT, Media, Native American, Organizing, Pacific Islander, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools

    • Book – Non-fiction. Edited by William Sturkey and Jon N. Hale. 2015. 176 pages.
      A collection and examination of the creative literary work of students published during 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Language Arts, Media, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Dreamer

    • Book – Fiction. By Pam Muñoz Ryan. 2010. 372 pages.
      An introduction to the life of Pablo Neruda as a child in historical fiction for young adults.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Language Arts, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • The Wild Book

    • Book – Fiction. By Margarita Engle. 2012. 144 pages.
      A portrait in verse of a young girl struggling with dyslexia in Cuba at the turn of the 20th century.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, 20th Century | Themes: Language Arts, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8