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Any teacher in the New York area, please get in touch if you're interested in a screening at the United Nations. I offer a free screening and briefing for any class that purchases a class set of my new textbook.
Please check out my new textbook for middle school students: http://www.amazon.com/World-Affairs-Foreign-Films-Middle/dp/0692587...
I reviewed Stuck in the Middle here: http://graphicnovelresources.blogspot.com/2013/05/stuck-in-middle-s... in case you want some more info about the book...
It was recommended that I post here an illustrated anthology of stories for middle schoolers called "Stuck in the Middle: 17 Comics from an Unpleasant Age" edited by Ariel Schrag. (http://www.amazon.com/Stuck-Middle-Comics-Unpleasant-Age/dp/0670062219) Some of the stories are rough, but others are great!
John, consider myths - Greek and Roman, as well as the river as a metaphor for journey. This would be a good time to invite students to consider issues of ecology, considering the fact that Egyptian life depended on the flooding of the Nile. In what ways are contemporary people dependent on the waterways/rivers in the country.
As students look at the kinds of social issues that arose in ancient river civilizations, ask them to consider similarities to issues that arise today. Have students select current events and decide how ancient laws would be used to address them. This could be a way to practice debate skills.
In other, you may have to read on ancient texts. Instead use the historical issues raised in their social studies class as basis for considering current issues - literally or metaphorically.
Another idea is to look at the art of ancient river civilizations and invite students to "view" it and write poems that reveal students response to the art.
Oh yes, HUMAN I TIES. Each of us - the "I" is tied to humans past and present.
Just a few ideas from the way our middle school teachers taught humanities.
I am teaching a Language Arts / Social Studies humanities blend class for sixth graders and our district's curriculum requires that we focus on Ancient River Civilizations. Does anybody have any ideas for readings other than Gilgamesh? Not like ancient river civilizations had a ton of literature, but any suggestions are much appreciated!
Hi Kathy, Pam and everyone else - I've been out a few weeks as I was in the hospital for my final surgery so I haven't been doing as much moderation as I normally would do. Obviously, using the wall for discussion is awesome but it is even "awesomer" to post questions like the Misfits one above in the discussion forum as a crowdsource question (or even in the YA Lit group discussion forum) that way I can broadcast the question to the WHOLE ning AND it has a dedicated URL for "the next teacher" to find it in the future. No biggie - just something to keep in mind! Wall discussion gets buried over time :(
Will respond more later, Red Kayak is a tremendous read, too. Very engaging and the dilemma is upsetting.
Tangerine is another amazing book for boys.
Will respond more later.
Pam, What do you think about using it with a group of 13-14 year old reluctant readers. Many are on IEP's and most are below grade level readers. This will be my first year as an Intervention Specialist working with my own reading class. I was thinking about this book or the Red Kayak. I want to find something engaging and interesting for them to read. My guess is it will be predominately boys. Someone suggested Uglies, but so far it doesn't hold my interest.
People think it is an easy book to work with; it is not. It is much deeper than its Seinfeld set of characters. Its complexity is what makes it a great book. The setting is also of interest to my grad students.
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