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Jacqueline Woodson: ‘Writing & Reading = Hope X Change’
Social Justice Learning / March 31, 2020

INTERMEDIATE & MIDDLE SCHOOL ACTIVITY WHAT CAN YOU LEARN? WHAT CAN YOU DO?  Social justice learning and actions that can be taken close at hand during these uncertain times Breaking news!! Join Jacqueline Woodson this Thursday, April 2 at 3:00pm EST/12:00pm PST for a reading of her book, the 2013 winning Jane Addams Children’s Book Award title for younger children, EACH KINDNESS.  Jacqueline’s partnering with the Penguin Random House and the PARENTS #ReadTogetherBeTogether program to share stories with kids & families during this time of social distancing. Check it out!     LET’S GET YOU INSPIRED FOR SOME WRITING! First, watch this video of  Jacqueline being interviewed by a young person during her tenure as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature 2018–2019. And this video in which she speaks directly about the writing of Each Kindness and the equation Writing (and Reading) = Hope X Change…   LET’S GET TO NEXT STEPS! Guiding questions for your reading, writing, thinking and acting: Now we know the inciting incident in Each Kindness. Give some thought to a time when you regretted something you did, something recent, something from a long time ago, something that is big or something small. You pick what fits for you….

Faith Ringgold: Remember to get the colors in!
Social Justice Learning / March 30, 2020

INTERMEDIATE & MIDDLE SCHOOL ACTIVITY WHAT CAN YOU LEARN? WHAT CAN YOU DO?  Social justice learning and actions that can be taken close at hand during these uncertain times First before you begin, assemble some colorful art supplies—scraps of cloth, magazines to cut up, colored paper, markers, paint—whatever you can find, along with scissors, tape, and glue. Arrange these things where you can see them and reach for them when you are ready to create! Then, spend some time with Faith Ringgold, renown quilt artist and author of  the 1993 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winning Title for Younger Children, Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky.  Notice the colors she uses, notice the messages she expresses through her art, and wonder what you too can do….     Want to take a peek at and listen to Tar Beach read to you in this old Reading Rainbow video? The book Tar Beach is found between the 3 minute and 8 minute markers. Tar Beach is a story about a healthier time than New York City is experiencing right now during the coronavirus outbreak, but a still a time when children dreamed and imagined with strength and beauty—just as you  do today!…

Dare to write another’s diary, what do you learn about their perspective?
Social Justice Learning / March 28, 2020

INTERMEDIATE & MIDDLE SCHOOL ACTIVITY WHAT CAN YOU LEARN? WHAT CAN YOU DO?  Social justice learning and actions that can be taken close at hand during these uncertain times First, meet Veera Hiranandani, author of  The Night Diary a 2019 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Title for Older Children… Check out this interview between Veera and her editor: And maybe you’d like to check these out too… Veera Hiranandani’s Website Watch. Connect. Read. (more about Night Diaries and other books by Veera) Next, Veera has a writing idea for you that will catapult you into another’s perspective. Watch and listen and get ready to write! NOW LET’S GET TO NEXT STEPS! Guiding questions for your reading, writing, thinking and acting:   As Veera suggests, write a diary entry by a fictional character beginning with “I’ll never forget this day…”  Will your character be someone you already know from a favorite book or show? Will your character be fresh from your imagination? Share what unexpected things you learned from taking this character’s perspective in our comment section below (comments will be approved & posted within 24 yours) or on social media #socialjusticelearnanddo.    Now to get closer to home, write a diary…

To Students At Home, Malala, “Have Fun & Be Productive!”
Social Justice Learning / March 22, 2020

INTERMEDIATE & MIDDLE SCHOOL ACTIVITY WHAT CAN YOU LEARN? WHAT CAN YOU DO?  As a number of businesses advice employees to work from home in the ongoing bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic, female education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has asked all the students to send in some tips on how to be productive at home. In her latest post on Instagram, Yousafzai said that she misses being outside and with friends. “I know a lot of students are missing school today — but you can still be productive and have fun at home! Go to my stories to see what I’ve been up to and tell me how you’re spending your time away from school.” …..Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history (at 17), an education activist, the author of I Am Malala and founder of the Malala Fund. She is devoted to raising money for education programmes. Read more of the above article here…   Malala’s Story From Her Website Sneak a Peak at Jane Addams Winning ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’   NOW LET’S GET TO NEXT STEPS! Guiding questions for your reading, writing, thinking and acting: Read about Malala. Think and write about the differences in…

Thurgood Marshall, Emmett Till, and You
Social Justice Learning / March 21, 2020

Intermediate & Middle School Activity What can you learn? What can you do?  Watch & listen to Jewell Parker Rhodes read an excerpt from the conclusion of  Ghostboys the 2019 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winning Title for Older Children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB3ToLmthXs.   Investigate further: Ghostboys   Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Website   Now let’s get to next steps! Guiding questions for your reading, writing, thinking and acting: Research Thurgood Marshall, look for what influence “seeing” Emmet’s ghost may have had on his life. Share what you learn in our comment section below or on social media #socialjusticelearnanddo.  Honor the ghosts of those killed by racist violence. What action will you take today to contribute to the”friendship, kindness, understanding, peace” Parker Rhodes refers to? Share your action with us in our comment section below or on social media #socialjusticelearnanddo. We look forward to hearing from you!    Thurgood Marshall (History) Educational Videos for Students (Learning Cartoon Network CN)         ANOTHER WHAT CAN YOU LEARN? WHAT CAN YOU DO? ACTIVITY FOR INTERMEDIATE AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AT HOME: 3/25/20 TO STUDENTS AT HOME, MALALA, “HAVE FUN & BE PRODUCTIVE!” MORE COMING! FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, OR INSTAGRAM DONATE TO SUPPORT…