With this book, Randy and Katherine Bomer present a new vision of curriculum—one that invites students to read with important social ideas in mind and write with the purpose of making the world a better place. Developed in years of classroom experience with diverse children, the book will help more experienced teachers take the next step in their professional growth, while providing newer teachers with a picture of how the largest purposes in democratic education connect to the details of teaching. A unique, reader-friendly guide for bringing critical literacy into reading and writing workshops, this text demonstrates how to:
  • Support students' writing for public purposes and connect their personal writing to important social issues
  • Facilitate more meaningful talk in the classroom
  • Develop students' language and concepts for discussing significant social and political ideas in response to literature
  • Help students inquire into the daily politics of classroom life
  • Integrate social studies, writing, and literature in experiential, inquiry-based ways
  • Assure that all students have access to a rich and meaningful education for social justice