Are your students ready to become the engaged and informed citizens our democracy needs right now? Your classroom can be a place for them to experience what it means to live in community with others, to balance their own interests with those of the group, to challenge themselves to overcome differences, and to ask the questions that help them understand the crux of an issue.
Powerful reading and writing is fundamentally linked to civic education. The Civically Engaged Classroom is packed with practical guidance designed to support teachers in giving students the skills, knowledge, and tools to be active participants in society. Each chapter describes classroom structures, curricular possibilities, and specific lessons for teaching crucial civic virtues, including:
acknowledging identity, bias, and privilege
building background knowledge
close and critical reading and ethical research skills
composing nuanced stances in writing
building coalitions and engaging in activism.
The work of engaging young people isn’t about giving students a voice: they already have their own voices. The work is about teaching them to use those voices with power.
If you are an educator and are interested in joining a community of practice dedicated to preparing the citizens this world needs right now, then the Coalition of Civically Engaged Educators is for you! Visit https://www.civically-engaged.org to learn more.