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Stand Up! Speak Out!: The Social Action Curriculum for Building 21st-Century Skills

Authors: Troy Drayton, Joe Bernhart, David Sebek
Product Code: 4072
ISBN: 978-1-61821-407-2
Pages: 172
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Stand Up! Speak Out!: The Social Action Curriculum for Building 21st-Century Skills is a guide to developing social consciousness in students by blending literary thematic explorations, historical investigations, and 21st-century research and evaluation skills. Each practical unit is arranged in progression from an in-depth study of a literary theme, to a historical examination and analysis of that theme, and finally, to an enriching real-world application that builds off students’ research. Each unit includes a culminating project meant to develop students’ social awareness and encourage social action. The process fosters students who are independent in their thinking, active in their search for knowledge, and productive in their creation of new solutions to real-world problems. This collection of units will give students a voice in their developing social awareness through analyzing our past and culture and daring to dream of a better future.

Grades 6–8
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by Nanette
on 7/22/2015
Rigorous, Interactive, Real-World Application Units
If you are looking for a rigorous curriculum that will naturally intertwine ELA and Social Studies together in an authentic and engaging way then Stand Up!  Speak Out! is a must read.  The units are creatively laid out in a manner that I can easily integrate into my World Cultures class and will give students a purpose for understanding the world around them.  I am especially excited to see the real-world connections between various governments today and the dystopian novels that they so love to read through Unit One:  Citizens of the Future.
by Larry
on 7/20/2015
Step by Step Ready to Use
As a middle school teacher I found this book to be an excellent guide for teachers how to encourage social awareness among their students. Part-1 of the book describes idea of students developing social consciousness. Then the book expresses the importance of strong vertical alignment within the English/Language Arts curriculum path as well the importance of interdisciplinary approach to education.  Part-2 are ready to use step-by-step Unit Plans that help build student social consciousness. These Unit Plans are vertically aligned to reinforce previously learned material. Many of the Unit Plans combine the curricula of English/Language Arts and History as an interdisciplinary lesson. Each of the Units includes a culminating project, student handouts, and rubrics. The Units are well developed and complex, but easy for any teacher to follow and implement. This book would be very helpful in any 6th-8th grade English/Language Arts or History classroom.
by Darryl
on 7/8/2015
Great resource
Complex lessons laid out logically with resources for everything. So excited to use this in my classroom this year. Great for building a authentic bridge between the Social Studies and ELA classroom.
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