Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Two phrases form the foundation for this thought-provoking video:
GIVE BIGOTRY NO SANCTION
TO PERSECUTION NO ASSISTANCE
Watch the video and talk with your children about what these phrases mean to them, how they relate to Black History Month and how they can live out George Washington's words in their daily lives!
Posted by Jennifer Gollman at 3:46 PM
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The topic of "good" or "bad" hair can be a contentious one for African Americans. Madame CJ Walker, an inventor & icon, worked to make hair (and beauty) products specifically for Black women.
What do you think of your own hair? Do you wear your hair in its natural state or do you curl it, straighten it, perm it, dye it? How do you feel about this issue?If you're having trouble getting discussion started, watch this preview of Chris Rock's "Good Hair" movie...
Choose some of the following books to read with your children and talk about this sometimes emotionally-charged topic...
Posted by Jennifer Gollman at 3:18 PM
Monday, February 7, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
"First They Came for the Jews"
By Pastor Niemoller
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Through verse, Karen Hesse's book reveals actual events surrounding the Klu Klux Klan's presence in Vermont. This book will give students a new perspective on racism and can be used to talk with them about what it means to stand by when others are being persecuted or bullied.
Posted by Jennifer Gollman at 3:50 PM
In this post I highlight more winners of the Orbis Pictus Award for the best nonfiction children's books. I have also included part 3 of episode 1 of "Eyes on the Prize" for classroom use at your discretion. Part 3 documents the trial of Emmett Till's murderers and Rosa Park's legendary civil disobedience.
Posted by Jennifer Gollman at 3:41 PM
This part of episode 1 contains references to the murder of Emmett Till, including some very graphic images. If you are unfamiliar with this event, be forewarned: it is not for the faint of heart and may be considered inappropriate for students under middle school age.
Posted by Jennifer Gollman at 3:22 PM
Watch Part 1 of "Eyes on the Prize", a PBS documentary about the Civil Rights Movement, then select some nonfiction books to read with your students to further their understanding of Civil Rights leaders and events. The books I have presented below are winners of the Orbis Pictus Award for outstanding nonfiction children's books, presented annually at the NCTE convention.
Posted by Jennifer Gollman at 3:13 PM
This month I will be posting some books in honor of Black History Month. To get us started, I offer Melba Pattillo Beals' account of racism, identity & justice in Little Rock as Central High was being integrated. Facing History & Ourselves has published a guide for Beals' book, which can be found here.
Choices in Little Rock is a teaching unit produced by Facing History & Ourselves which explores the civic choices & democratic decisions that shaped history in Little Rock. These two books could be used separately or in tandem with one another for students & teachers learning about civil rights.
Posted by Jennifer Gollman at 3:01 PM
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Resource: Teaching Reading K-2: A Library of Classroom Practices
Teachers & administrators, here you have a wealth of FREE resources for yourselves and your staff to professionally develop in a range of subject matter. I am posting the link to the video series on teaching reading to K-2 students, but there is a great deal more available from Annenberg at www.learner.org.
And I repeat: IT'S FREE!
Posted by Jennifer Gollman at 3:36 PM
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
by Marc Brown
Pickles are used for juggling, for decorating and...wait for it...even for eating! This is a great rhyming book for little ones who will be amused by the silly uses for pickles as well as an imaginative text for older readers who will be inspired by its creativity.
Posted by Jennifer Gollman at 11:09 AM