Foreword by: Christine E. Sleeter
Publication Date: September 23, 2022
Elementary-aged children are often positioned as not developmentally ready to learn about race, racism, and injustice. Yet, the classroom materials used in most schools misrepresent history, withhold knowledge about racial injustice, or fail to uplift stories of resilience and resistance. For almost a decade, this groundbreaking resource has been one of the most highly used textbooks in justice-oriented social studies methods courses for grades 3–8. The author has thoroughly revised her bestseller to provide additional lessons that are more deeply situated within the current context of converging pandemics—COVID-19, racism, and impending environmental catastrophe. Grounded in the daily realities of public schools, Agarwal-Rangnath shows teachers how to use primary and other sources that will offer students new ways of thinking about history while meeting language arts standards for informational text proficiency and critical thinking. Educators will also learn how to teach language arts and social studies as complementary subjects.
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Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath is an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco and faculty coordinator of the South Bay Masters of Arts and Teaching Credential program. She is a founding member and executive director of CARE-ED (California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education) and founding member and vice-president of the National Association of Multicultural Education, California Chapter. Her books include Planting the Seed of Equity: Ethnic Studies and Social Justice in the K–2 Classroom and Preparing to Teach Social Studies for Social Justice: Becoming a Renegade.
“In this book, Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath offers a much-needed vision for how social studies can be connected with language arts, and how it can be designed and taught in a way that prepares young people to become actively engaged citizens with a social-justice consciousness.”
—From the Foreword by Christine E. Sleeter, professor emerita, College of Education, California State University, Monterey Bay.
“In our current moment of contested curriculum and abject divisiveness, Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath offers a practical framework that will undoubtedly help guide educators interested in teaching for social justice. Providing a clear pathway, with vivid examples from actual classrooms, this book challenges teachers to find the opportunities for their students to problem-pose, explore perspectives, contextualize the past, navigate the present, and take action for change within the teaching of social studies and literacy. An indispensable resource for critical educators interested in providing young people with the necessary tools to explore and participate in changing our complicated and contested world.”
—Brian D. Schultz, professor, department chair, and Virginia Todd Memorial Scholar of Curriculum Studies, Miami University