Books

Curriculum Development 


The following books are available to be borrowed from Sheri Lyn Schmidt . Most are publications of Rethinking Schools. For more information, including the full table of contents,click on the book title. 



Rethinking our Classrooms -  Volume 1 &  2

Creative teaching ideas, compelling classroom narratives, and hands-on examples show how teachers can promote the values of community, justice, and equality while building academic skills. Nowhere is the connection between critical teaching and effective classroom practice clearer or more accessible. A great resource for new and veteran K-12 teachers, as well as teacher education and staff development programs. (2007 • Paperback • 240 pages)


Open Minds to Equality 

An educator's sourcebook of activities to help students understand and change inequalities based on race, gender, class, age, language, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, and religion. 
The activities also promote respect for diversity and interpersonal equality among students, fostering a classroom that is participatory, cooperative, and democratic. An essential resource for teachers, leaders in professional development, and curriculum specialists. (2006 • Paperback • 408 pages)


Teaching for Joy and Justice  (Language Arts)

Teaching for Joy and Justice is the much-anticipated sequel to Linda Christensen's bestselling, Reading, Writing, and Rising Up. Through story upon story, Christensen demonstrates how she draws on students' lives and the world to teach poetry, essay, narrative, and critical literacy skills. Part autobiography, part curriculum guide, part critique of today's numbing standardized mandates, this book sings with hope—born of Christensen's more than 30 years as a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and teacher educator. (2009 • Paperback • 287 pages)


A People’s History for the Classroom (history)

A People's History for the Classroom helps teachers introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of U.S. history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. It includes a new introductory essay by veteran teacher Bill Bigelow on teaching strategies that align with Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. These exemplary teaching articles and lesson plans  emphasize the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history, and raise important questions about patterns of wealth and power throughout U.S. history. (2008 • Paperback • 120 pages)


Rethinking Globalization

This comprehensive 402-page book helps teachers raise critical issues with students in grades 4 - 12 about the increasing globalization of the world's economies and infrastructures, and the many different impacts this trend has on our planet and those who live here. Rethinking Globalization offers an extensive collection of readings and source material on critical global issues, plus teaching ideas, lesson plans, and rich collections of resources for classroom teachers. (2002 • Paperback • 402 pp.)


Putting the Movement back into Civil Rights Teaching

As one of the most commonly taught stories of people’s struggles for social justice, the Civil Rights Movement has the capacity to help students develop a critical analysis of United States history and strategies for change. However, the empowering potential is often lost in a trivial pursuit of names and dates. Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching, published by Teaching for Change and PRRAC, provides lessons and articles for K-12 educators on how to go beyond a heroes approach to the Civil Rights Movement. The book includes interactive and interdisciplinary lessons, readings, writings, photographs, graphics, and interviews, with sections on education, labor, citizenship, culture, and reflections on teaching about the Civil Rights Movement




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