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Using Nonfiction for Civic Engagement in Classrooms: Critical Approaches

Using Nonfiction for Civic Engagement in Classrooms: Critical Approaches


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This book acknowledges the existence of high quality nonfiction children’s literature that may serve as a basis for conversation about civic engagements and our roles as global citizens. It touches on our social history, and offers ideas for how educators might be able to engage readers in healthy and useful dialogues on what it means to be human and how nonfiction texts attempt to reconstruct this reality in this quest to recognize our collective humanity.

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ISBN-13: 9781475842333
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/22/2018
Edition description: Critical
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Vivian Yenika-Agbaw is professor of children’s literature and literacy at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. She teaches courses on children’s and adolescent literature.

Ruth McKoy Lowery is professor of literacy and associate chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. She teaches courses on children's literature and literacy education.

Paul H. Ricks is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at The Pennsylvania State University, where he currently teaches children’s literature courses.

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Chapter 1: Critical Conversations: Approaches Some Authors Have Adopted to Address
Social Issues
Vivian Yenika-Agbaw

Chapter 2: You Too Can Make a Difference: Young Civil Rights Activists
Terrell A. Young, Barbara A. Ward, and Deanna Day

Chapter 3: Advocating for Immigrant Experiences in Nonfiction Literature
Ruth McKoy Lowery, Kathleen Colantonio-Yurko and Cody Miller

Chapter 4: Teaching for Social Justice: Nonfiction Texts and Multi-genre Writing
Ann Berger-Knorr and Mary Napoli

Chapter 5: Sixth Grade's Inquiry into the World War II Japanese Internment Camps
Yoo Kyung Sung and Junko Sakoi

Chapter 6: Critical Conversations Using Native American Autobiographies
Paul H. Ricks

Chapter 7: Biographies as Bibliotherapy: Using Nonfiction to Help Boys Overcome
Lunetta M. Williams and Kelly C. Scott

Chapter 8: Creating Spaces for Critical Conversations on Issues of Social Justice
Mary Ellen Oslick, Terri Robertson and Melissa Parks

Chapter 9: Helpful Resources to Engage Children in Conversations on Social Issues in
Nonfiction Literature
Suzanne Chapman, Mario Worlds, and Soowon Jo

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