Teaching the Tough Issues

Teaching the Tough Issues

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Teaching the Tough Issues introduces a groundbreaking teaching method intended to help English, social studies, and humanities teachers address difficult or controversial topics in their secondary classrooms. Because these issues are rarely addressed in teacher preparation programs, few teachers feel confident facilitating conversations around culturally and politically sensitive issues in ways that honor their diverse studentsa€™ voices and lead to critical, transformative thinking. The author describes a four-step method to help teachers structure discussions and written assignments while concurrently assisting them in addressing Common Core State Standards. Designed to aid students in both developing their own viewpoints on contentious issues and in actively critiquing those of their teachers and peers, these practices will enhance any humanities curriculum. Book Features: Offers guidance for exploring difficult and/or controversial aspects of course content.Provides an excellent means of differentiating instruction and promoting critical literacy.Helps teachers to foster positive behavior and decision-making with their students.Enables students to improve their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and observation skills.Assists teachers in attaining the CCSS and other curricular mandates in their secondary humanities classrooms. a€œDarvin has provided us all with a powerful tool for guiding students as they explore their identity, unafraid to explore what it means to be human.a€ a€”From the Foreword by Douglas Fisher, professor of educational leadership, San Diego State University a€œDarvin takes on the big, important issues in adolescentsa€™ lives that often go unaddressed in most classrooms. With an equal balance of sensitivity and directness, she exhorts teachers to name, deconstruct, and think curricularly about the cultural and political forces influencing and being influenced by todaya€™s youth.a€ a€”William Brozo, professor of literacy, George Mason University, author of Wham! Teaching with Graphic Novels Across the Curriculum... sailor who is falsely accused of conspiracy to commit mutiny and executed, when one of my 11th-grade students called out, a€œWas Melville gay or something? ... I knew from my background in English literature that there were homosexual references and undertones in the story and ... the ability to write decent lesson plans and demonstrate effective classroom management, my training did not cover howanbsp;...

Title:Teaching the Tough Issues
Author:Jacqueline Darvin
Publisher:Teachers College Press -


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