Sara K. Ahmed's book 'Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Comprehension' is a book helping to develop skills and habits to comprehend social issues.
Some topics included:
-Defining social comprehension
-Teacher prep to use the social comprehension strategy
-Identity, name, and family activities
-Identifying changes in thinking
-Listening, actions and words when communicating
-Being candid, discussing tensions
-Finding humanity in others
Each chapter has activities and mentor texts, follow up with lessons and more.
Perfect for Social Emotional Lessons, this book provides the heart work, and the cause and effect of human relations to creating student centered social literacy.
The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of all of us."--Mamie Till-Mobley
The movie Till is is theaters. The book Choosing Brave by Angela Joy is an excellent resource to discuss the murder of Till and how his mother was a beacon to getting Civil Rights legislation passed
Support the movie and the books that shows the injustice in America's history and a 14 year old Black boy.
Told from author Tyler Merritt's childhood experience, A Door For Me is a story of affirmation in the face of discrimination.
Visiting his Grandparents for the summer, Tyler, playing with a new friend, experiences an instance of where he is, as a child, discriminated against.
The painful situation leaves Tyler to question himself. His Grandfather helps him understand and affirm his identity and through the analogy of 'open and closed doors', explained that a person's hate doesn't define him.
This book also looks at allyship. If one sees and experiences another being discriminated against, how can you support that person and work against prejudice?
Check out this book at your local library or Black bookstore.
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Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community by Liz Kleinrock
Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community by Liz Kleinrock is the professional development selection for today.
This book addresses how to start and incorporate ABAR work beginning with your own identity and emanating into your school and community.
Topics include understanding diversity, identity, community building, incorporating ABAR into the curriculum, exploring stereotypes, feedback loops for students, difficult conversations, the role of caregivers, and much more.
Use this book to examine ABAS work and a path for organizational change in your school culture.
AN UPDATE FROM JOHN-JOHN AND HARRY MONSTER
Kicks by Van G. Garrett and Illustrated by Reggie Brown tells the story of a young protagonist named Joshua who shares the experience of saving up his money to get a new pair of sneakers.
Garrett uses metaphors in verse to describe the joy of strutting around in your new kicks.
The images by Brown are diverse, colorful, and super fun. You can also find a nod to artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and star athletes in the shoe game.
For ages K-3, this book is a fun read-aloud and also a text to identify poetic devices.
The new book Revolutionary Love: Creating Culturally Inclusive Literacy Classroom by Professors Kamania Wynter-Hoyte and Eliza G. Braden tells us the answer is A LOT!
Including influences from bell hooks, Maya Angelou, Paulo Freire, Ibram X. Kendi, and many more, this title provides practice to incorporate teaching strategies to reach Black and Latine students.
The book details the idea of educators centering love and culturally responsive teaching, providing more profound, inclusive literacy experiences.
Wynter-Hoyte and Braden also provide diverse children's literature to pair with lessons.
We also wanted to include a few scholarly articles for discussion to give context to the theoretical frameworks and research of love and social justice in education.
We know we're late on the hype for this book, but it's still worthy of another favorable mention.
It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit, by Justin A. Reynolds, is clever and downright fun to read AND it's centered on a kid from the great city of CLEVELAND, Ohio!
Eddy's a 12 years old kid with ADHD trying to live his best summer life, ready to go to the Beach Bash, and then the adventure begins...
The most engaging part of this book is how Eddy checks in with the reader as he explains his story.
This upper elementary/middle school story is highly recommend for the young people who love a fun, slice of life story about a kid being a kid.
Did we mention it featured Cleveland too! :)
Excellent as an audiobook selection, as well. The narrator is awesome!
Pick up a copy at your library or local Black owned bookstore!
Two African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised a black gloved fist on the podium after winning the gold and bronze medal.
The new graphic novel, Dr. Tommie Smith's, Victory Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice with Derrick Barnes and Dawid Anyabwile is a memoir retelling his life story of a man who is the definition of COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE.
From sharecropping to Olympian, Dr. Smith's must-read graphic novel discusses, Jim Crow South, westward Black migration, the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power movement in sports, Dr. Harry Edwards, Black athlete's role, and the moment leading up to and after the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.
Dr. Smith also shares his loving family environment, the struggles to feel a part of integrated schools, being an athlete and a scholar, and perseverance.
This graphic novel is such a worthy selection for curriculum, character building, social justice themes, history, sports, and comic/graphic novel fans.
This is a stand out middle grade-high school book.
Check it out at your local library and Black-owned book store.
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