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Teaching Tough Topics
How do I use children's literature to build a deeper understanding of social justice, equity and diversity?
By (author): Larry Swartz
9781551383415 Paperback, Trade English General Trade EDUCATION / Professional Development North America Jan 15, 2020
$24.95 CAD
Active 8.38 x 10.88 x 0.39 in | 320 gr 166 pages Pembroke Publishers Pembroke
How do we use children’s literature to build an understanding of social justice, diversity and equity?

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 are significant in order to build 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.

Key Selling Points
  • Teaching Tough Topics is a timely approach to a better understanding of diversity, equity and social justice with clear instructions on how to implement a range of instructional strategies at different grade levels.
  • This book offers a valuable overview of tough topics including bullying, poverty, homophobia, gender, racism, death, Indigenous culture, physical and mental challenges, and religious intolerance.
  • Includes a comprehensive, up-to-date book list including picture books, novels, poetry and nonfiction titles that can be used to explore each topic.
  • Larry Swartz has extensive experience with children’s literature as a classroom teacher, university professor and judge for major children’s book awards. His best-selling books, including Dramathemes and Take Me to Your Readers, show teachers how to use the best children’s books to make the curriculum more interesting and relevant to students.

Larry Swartz is a literacy and drama instructor at OISE–University of Toronto. Larry has worked in classrooms, as a consultant and as a workshop presenter. He has been involved with groups of teachers throughout North America, China and New Zealand, and with Queen Noor’s literacy initiative in Jordan. Larry is committed to helping teachers use quality children’s literature across the curriculum to inspire students to read, read, read. Larry lives in Toronto.

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