Tag Archives: Curriculum

12 Resources for Teaching Black Lives Matter

Many are looking for information and education regarding the current protests. Whether we are talking about police brutality, systematic racism, and culturally responsive education, we all play a role in to nurture a future of antiracism, equity, and justice. History is being made. Here are 12+ resources to help support your teaching and learning. 

Teaching Tolerance provides resources for teaching Black Lives Matter. These resources can help you talk with students about the historical context and mission behind Black Lives Matter and work toward making your school a more affirming, safer space for Black students.

We Are Teachers has resources on how teachers are talking with students about George Floyd, protests, and racism From check-ins to special lessons and 20 Ways to Bring More Equity to Your Literacy Instruction

CBS this morning showcased a video conversation by Emmanuel Acho, former NFL linebacker, who took it upon himself to provide some clear answers to questions posted by many white people.  In another morning news story NBC’s Hoda and Jenna interviewed writers Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiely, co writers of the young adult novel All American Boys. The two authors address how to speak to kids about race relations in America. 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is committed to inspiring a more tolerant and inclusive society. Their Talking About Race Web Portal provides tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.

Continuing the work of anti-racism — which is active, daily work — is vital. This list of Anti-Racism Resources is a good place to start provided by American Writers Museum in Chicago. Ibram X. Kendi, author of How To Be An Anti-Racist, made this Anti-Racist Reading List which is a good launching point.

Looking for book lists for reading for young readers and adding to your classroom library? Many public libraries have compiled Black Lives Matter reading lists for children and families like Skokie Public Library and BCALA and the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Black Lives Matter Reading List. Memorial Hall Library in Massachusetts provides a racial justice reading list online for secondary students and adults. School Library Journal has also compiled a #BlacklivesMatter reading list.

Epic Reads is offering books and videos that anyone can access for free for the next 30 days for elementary students. 

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The national Black Lives Matter At School Coalition’s Curriculum Committee worked this year to bring you lessons for every grade level that relate to the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter. Here is the 2020 Curriculum Resource Guidefree, downloadable lessons to challenge racism, oppression and build happy and healthy classrooms.

Share your lessons and resources in the comments section here.

 

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Media Literacy in Action: Teaching Critical Thinking and Digital Citizenship

This Friday I will be presenting at the Media Literacy Research Symposium at Fairfield University’s Dolan Business School. Below is a summary of my presentation and resources for teaching media literacy and digital citizenship.

Media literacy entails being able to read, review, reflect, and react to all media, both print and electronic. Today’s information and entertainment technologies communicate to us through a powerful combination of words, images, and sounds. Being literate in a media age requires critical thinking skills that empower us as we make decisions, whether in the classroom, living room, the workplace, or the voting booth.

Media Savvy Kids was designed to expand the notion of literacy to include the ability to read, analyze, evaluate, and produce communications in a variety of media texts. Throughout the elective, students have the opportunity to examine how mass media is constructed and produced, and discuss how mass media shapes our understanding of the world. The elective focuses on all aspects of the media including movies, television, song lyrics, the print media, and due to the predominance of digital media, the internet and social media.

Media Literacy is essential in our globally digital world. Students are spending more and more time accessing, utilizing,and contributing to media through their mobile devices, tablets, and computers. Schools need to address media literacy across the content area in order to support students and address the Common Core Learning Standards alongside the International Society Technology Standards. If students are to positively participate in our digital and global society, media literacy is as necessary as reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking.

Global collaborative projects lend themselves to poignant conversations about digital citizenship. The purpose of the global collaborative project is to educate and promote responsible online choices as well as immersing students in an online educational community for learning and collaboration. Students collaborate researching and writing a report using a wiki and create a school-based action project that is documented on the wiki.

In our technologically advanced world today, digital citizenship can mean a lot of things. Students need to engage in conversations around these topics so they can make good decisions as digital citizens when it comes to etiquette and respect, responsibility and safety.

 

Additional Resources for Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship:

Media Education Foundation

Project LookSharp (Ithaca College)

AdBusters

New Mexico Literacy Project

Listen Up: Youth Media Network (PBS)

Paley Center for Media (NYC)

Museum for the Moving Image

Media Smarts (Formerly the Media Awareness Network)

Common Sense Media

Google Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum

Flat Connections Global Projects

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Ask, and you shall receive . . . An Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Last year I designed an entrepreneurial elective for my middle school students.  Unfortunately, after all the time that I spent in creating this curriculum I have not been able to teach the course.  A few people have requested this curriculum which I wrote about in a previous blog post. I am including a link to this curriculum to share with others in a classroom or youth group setting.  As much as we need to focus on literacy, it is my personal belief that entrepreneurship is a necessary skill to teach young people today.

Click Here to read the curriculum.

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