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How do I use children’s literature to build a deeper understanding of social justice, equity, and diversity?
Adult Nonfiction
Pages: 166
Themes: reading, writing, literacy, response, caring, empathy, tough topics
Publisher: Pembroke Publishers
Pub Date: 10/Jan/2020
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Teaching Tough Topics shows teachers how to lead students to become caring citizens as they read and respond to quality children’s literature. It focuses on topics that can be challenging or sensitive yet significant for building an understanding of social justice, diversity and equity. Racism, homophobia, bullying, religious intolerance, poverty, and physical and mental challenges are just some of the themes explored. The book is rooted in the belief that, by using picture books, novels, poetry, and nonfiction, teachers can enrich learning with compassion and empathy as students make connections to texts, to others and to the world.

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“A foundational resource for literacy and social studies teachers…If you are looking for that one transformational book, begin with this one.”