This week a college friend asked over Facebook how her social studies teacher friends were thinking about addressing this election season. I've been thinking for a while about how to approach it, given that my students don't have the background knowledge about our government and how elections work here. There is a whole lot to cover, and a challenge for me is always to cover the essential information while not over-complicating and getting bogged down in details. And viewing it all from a social justice perspective. Never mind the fact that I have to keep in mind using English vocabulary that is accessible to my students.
Anyway, I turned to some of my favorite resources to help me. Sure enough, Teaching Tolerance has a unit that approaches the election by having students think about civility - something that seems to have been lost this season. I thought I would share this and other of my favorite resources. The first list is about the election; the second is for teaching about Indigenous People's Day - adopted in lieu of Columbus Day in our town this year, thanks to the activism of some students and their teachers. You'll notice some repeats from my go-to websites: tolerance.org and readwritethink.org. Many of these are great for all students, not just ELL students. Good luck!
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(readings that can be differentiated by level)
Indigenous People's Day: