Selma Freedom Movement Role Play Bios

These brief bios are written in first person for use in the role play Stepping Into Selma: Voting Rights History and Legacy Today. The text in quotes reflects the person’s actual words, the rest is paraphrased. Sources used to write the bio and for further learning are provided after each entry. Go to Teaching About […]

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Contributions and Credits

This special collection of lessons and resources for teaching about Selma was made possible by the following people. Lessons and Roles Emilye Crosby, Liz Dierenfield, Karyln Forner, Julian Hipkins III, Deborah Menkart, and Lynda Tredway. Feedback and Field Testing Scott Abbott, Greg Carr, Allyson Criner Brown, Marjorie Clark, Bonny Cochran, Genevieve DeBose, Katie Gould, Sharlene Kranz, […]

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Other sources for lessons, data, news and photos. History, Oral History, Primary Documents, and Photos When We Were Young There Was a War. This interactive website enlightens and engages students as they learn about the armed conflicts and their aftermaths in El Salvador and Guatemala through the poignant personal stories of Central American adults revisiting […]

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18 With a Bullet documents the life and experiences of a major Salvadoran gang called “18.” Gangs developed in El Salvador as a result of deportation of thousands of Salvadorans from the U.S. in the 1990s, including young people who had joined gangs while in Los Angeles. (High school.) Dirty Secrets describes Jennifer Harbury’s courageous search for her […]

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Featured Lessons, Activities, and Readings Introduction to Central America Middle and High School By Pat Scallen This lesson introduces students to key people in Central American history through an interactive activity. It can be followed by a viewing of two excerpts from the film Harvest of Empire. View lesson. Inside the Volcano: A Curriculum on […]

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Anti-bias Education Articles

We feature 104 free downloadable (PDF) articles on anti-bias early childhood education. These articles are presented in the categories of curriculum, identity development, language development, and parent/family resources. Nearly all of the articles are available in English and Spanish. Article sections and sub-sections Anti-bias Curriculum Classroom Environment Cultural & Racial Diversity Working with Parents Working with […]

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What Do We Want Children to Learn About Africa?

By Margy Burns Knight Not long ago I saw a new map of Africa in a classroom. With all the recent information available, I was intrigued to see how the continent was currently being depicted on this National Geographic map for classrooms. I was disturbed to discover that one of the nine facts listed along the […]

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Introduction to Roberto Clemente

Teaching Activity One strategy teachers can use to introduce Roberto Clemente to students is to complete a K-W-L chart. As a group, students write out and/or discuss what they know (K), what questions they want answered (W), and what they have learned from reading the text (L). Procedure: Engage students in a discussion of what […]

D.C. Teachers Explore Students’ Central American Culture and History

In July of 2013, Claire Sontag and Fabiana Duarte, two Washington, D.C. based dual-language teachers, traveled through Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala to learn about the history and culture of their students and their families. During their time in each country, they met with local officials, visited public schools, and explored the cultural diversity of […]

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