Teaching Materials

Chew on This

Book - Non-fiction. By Eric Schlosser. 2006. Geared to the young consumer, takes a bite out of fast-food industry.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Food
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Book - Non-fiction. By Phillip Hoose. 2010. 160 pages. The story of Claudette Colvin, a teenager who refused to give up her seat in the year leading up to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Women's History
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Coal Mountain Elementary

Book - Non-fiction. By Mark Nowak. 2009. An expose of the coal industry using a combination of poetry, images, first person testimonies, and newspaper accounts.
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Labor
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Columbus: His Enterprise

Book - Non-fiction. By Hans Koning. Afterword by Bill Bigelow. 1976. A biography that gives a true account of Columbus’ life and voyages.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Imperialism
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Book cover of Clint Smith's book of poetry, Counting Descent

Counting Descent

Book — Non-fiction. By Clint Smith. 84 pages. 2016. A teacher and scholar celebrates Black humanity, and guides readers toward self-reflection through his coming-of-age poems that are political, historical, and deeply personal.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: African American, Art & Music, Language Arts
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