50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels The collection of prompts below asks young writers to think through real or imagined events, their emotions, and a few wacky scenarios. Try out the ones you think will resonate most with your students. As with all prompts, inform students that their answers should be rated G and that disclosing dangerous or illegal things they’re involved in will obligate you to file a report with the administration or school counselors. Finally, give students the option of writing “PERSONAL” above some entries that they don’t want anyone to read.
The Fight to Redefine Racism It is no criticism of Kendi’s book to say that its title is misleading: he offers a provocative new way to think about race in America, but little practical advice. He wants readers to become politically active—to work to change public policy, and to “focus on power instead of people.” DiAngelo, the author of “White Fragility,” is unapologetically interested in people, particularly white people. She is perhaps the country’s most visible expert in anti-bias training, a practice that is also an industry, and from all appearances a prospering one. (Last year, anti-bias training was in the headlines when Starbucks closed its American stores for a day to conduct a company-wide lesson in “racial bias and discrimination.”) DiAngelo has been helping to lead workplace seminars since the nineties, and she has encountered some resistance.
Lee and Low: Checklist: 8 Steps to Creating a Diverse Book Collection It’s not easy to create an inclusive book collection. Whether you’re a librarian creating a collection for an entire community, a teacher creating a collection for your classroom, or a parent creating a collection for your children, choosing books that reflect the diversity of human experience can be a challenging job. That’s because creating a diverse book collection is about more than just making sure X, Y, and Z are represented. Home tuition: Our guide to the best teaching and learning resources online Two weeks. Five weeks. Five months. How to teach... Anne Frank This spring marks 70 years since the death of Anne Frank, the young diarist who shone a light onto the suffering of millions during the second world war. The Anne Frank Trust is commemorating the life of the teenager, who died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp aged just 15, on Tuesday 14 April 2015 by encouraging people to read from her diary for one minute. Schools can join in this campaign using #notsilent. There are many ways to introduce Anne’s work in the classroom – here’s a collection of ideas and resources to help you. Start with the basics.
Check Out These Clever LEGO Adaptations of Famous Works The Literacy Site By The Literacy Site LIT_Blog_DTOP_BelowTitle_336x280 It is not surprising that a number of productions have adapted Shakespeare to suit modern times, but never has one featured actors made of plastic bricks and an iPhone. Lego celebrated the legacy of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death by recreating key scenes from three of his most well known and classic plays — Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth — using stop-motion animation. How to Be an Antiracist — Ibram X. Kendi BACK IN 2000, countless Americans were imagining their nation as colorblind. Eight years later, countless Americans were imagining their nation as post-racial. The discourse on racism, the recognition of racism seemed to be on the way out as the nation’s first Black president headed into the White House. But then came the racist reaction to President Barack Obama and the police killings of innocent Black people and the defenses and exonerations of those officers and then came the activists that prosecuted them in the court of public opinion with the opening and closing arguments that Black lives matter. Then arrived Donald Trump.
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. NEW CSK BLOG: Follow the latest news and information from CSK on the brand new CSK Blog! To learn more, visit www.olos.ala.org/csk.
Schedule free virtual journalist visits to classrooms Connect your students with journalists and the global issues they cover The Pulitzer Center offers free virtual journalist visits to K-12 schools worldwide. We have worked with more than a thousand journalists over the years, covering diverse topics and geographic regions, and can connect your class with a speaker whose reporting directly supports your teaching.