on the Duty and Power of Citizenship
by Barack Obama
U.S. Senator from Illinois, and author of the bestsellers
The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father,
Barack Obama writes about the vital role educators play in cultivating
and inspiring America’s future citizens.
by Michael Gentile
A moral compact, a public purpose… In this issue of
RHI we examine citizenship and critical literacy.
Flowers: Aesthetics in the Classroom in The Age of Uniformity
dictated by No Child left Behind
by Jonathan Kozol
Through his inspirational writing, Jonathan Kozol offers advice—and
hope—to young teachers immersed against their wills into
the dreary, corporate-classroom atmosphere created by No Child
Role of Critical Literacy in Citizenship
by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher
See how critical literacy promotes civic engagement, as Frey
and Fisher highlight texts that you can use in your classroom
to foster a well-informed, active citizenship.
Comprehension of Social Studies Texts
by Glenn DeVoogd
Utilizing both history and contemporary American pop culture,
DeVoogd discusses the importance of recognizing and deconstructing
the “winner’s bias” in social studies instruction
and offers illuminating ideas for suggested classroom activities.
and Voice: Democracy, Participation, and Critical Literacy
in the English Classroom
by Barry Gilmore
Gilmore examines the ways that critical skills necessary for
participation in our democracy can be modeled through innovative
classroom governance techniques.
Much Information!: Tips to Help Your Students Make the Most—and
Best—of Today’s Media
by Peter Edelman
Outlines steps students may use both in the accessing and
evaluation of media and information.
by Pat Scales
This guide offers points for discussion and writing opportunities
that deal with issues related to book censorship and the freedom
to read. In addition, there are suggested activities that encourage
students to independently explore some of the free speech questions
that may help them as they begin forming their own ideas about
the First Amendment and what it means to be truly "free."
Constitution of the United States of America
by Nancy Schick
This guide is designed to offer some suggestions for the classroom
teacher charged with planning activities for the September Constitution
Day or for any occasion when the Constitution has particular relevance
in the classroom. It includes several strategies for use in brief
lessons and also moves beyond this to more extended activities.
Essay prompts as well as a list of on-line sources are also provided.
Make Hypocrites!: Reclaim Five Misunderstood Words to Build Better
by Jay Heinrichs
Heinrichs, author of Thank You for Arguing, embarks
on a linguistic tour of rhetoric and presents exercises geared
toward creating better citizens in your classroom.
as Civility? Who’d Believe It?
by Arthur Plotnik
Illustrates how students can spice up critical writing assignments
by putting a new spin on classical rhetorical techniques.
and the Sciences: A Roundtable Discussion Featuring Daniel Goleman,
Ian Ayers, David Sloan Wilson, and David P. Barash
We asked four leading educators and authors some tough and
timely questions on the relationship between citizenship and the
sciences in this stimulating roundtable discussion.
War: Providing a Different Perspective to Engage and Challenge
by Dennis Showalter
Examines prejudices against teaching military history and
argues for a re-introduction of this discipline as a way to truly
round out a full education in fields ranging from social studies
to literature to music.
Interview With Master Illustrator, Sam Fink
Ninety-year-old master calligrapher and artist Sam
Fink recently sat down to discuss his career, answer questions
about his new works The Gettysburg Address and The
Book of Exodus, and to offer advice for educators.
Historical Fiction Belongs in Your Classroom
by Michelle Moran
Historical novels teach psychology, geography, history, and English
literacy, all in one addictively entertaining package. This article
will help you incorporate this versatile genre in your classes.
Fiction Has an Agenda: Political Activism in China Miéville’s
Un Lun Dun and Other Great Works of Young Adult Literature
by Chris Schluep
This article discusses the use of political activism in YA
literature and why this genre often offers the best entry point
for students to discuss politics, social studies, and history.
Social Injustice Through Literacy: Using All-School Read Selections
to Educate and Motivate Your Students
by Judith Turner
Turner’s vivid and emotional account of her school’s
project on Jim-Crow Florida—using Lay That Trumpet
in Our Hands by Susan Carol McCarthy—shows how an all-school
read may be the perfect tool to awaken your students to the problems
of the world—and inspire them to make a change.
The Power of Expectation and Environment
by Bill Strickland
Bill Strickland was a disengaged high schooler who discovered
the joy of pottery. Today, the potter-turned-CEO molds disadvantaged
lives into their greatest potential at Pittsburgh’s Manchester
White's Rules for Action: Promoting
Literacy Via Citizenship
by Paul D. White
Use citizenship activities to boost awareness of current events
and develop literacy skills.
A Life Worth Fighting For: What Enrique's
Journey Teaches Students
by Sonia Nazario
Travel with migrant children through Central America’s
“heart of darkness,” as they search for their mothers
in the U.S., and bring your students to an awareness of how fortunate
they are to be United States citizens.
Life Lessons: Q&A from Erin Gruwell,
the Freedom Writers' Courageous Teacher
We put forward some questions to Erin Gruwell, co-author of
The Freedom Writers Diary and author of Teach with
Your Heart, regarding her work and her thoughts on citizenship.
Think Globally, Act Locally: Getting
Your Students to Become Good Citizens of the Earth
by Nathaniel Tripp
Help change your students’ mindset about the environment
through discussion, activities, and engagement with local and
Going Green: The Green Book How
to Save the Planet, One Simple Step at a Time
by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen
Learn how to make tangible and immediate changes to improve
your environment in the classroom, school, and community.
Saving the Village: How Dungeons
& Dragons Teaches the Lessons of Citizenship
by Wizards of the Coast
Get a crash course in the power of the role-playing game Dungeons
& Dragons and how it may be used as a springboard to help
develop a sense of citizenship and responsibility.
Rockin' the Vote: The Millenial Generation
Gets a Say
Learn how your students may conveniently and easily register
to vote using the Rock
the Vote Online Voter Registration Tool.
us to request a complimentary printed copy
of RHI: Promoting Active Citizenship.