Teaching Materials

Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter

Book – Non-fiction. By Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner. 90 pages. 2017. Poetry reveals the traumas of colonialism, racism, forced migration, the legacy of American nuclear testing, and the impending threats of climate change.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment & Food, Pacific Islander, Racism & Racial Identity, Women's History
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‘If There Is No Struggle…’: Teaching a People’s History of the Abolition Movement

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 16 pages. In this role play, students become members of the American Anti-Slavery Society, facing many of the real challenges to ending slavery.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery
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If We Must Die: A Novel of Tulsa’s 1921 Greenwood Riot

Book - Fiction. By Pat Carr. 2002. Historical fiction account of the 1921 attack on Tulsa's Black neighborhood Greenwood, known as "Black Wall Street."
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity
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Inside the Volcano: A Curriculum on Nicaragua

Teaching Guide. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Jeff Edmundson. 1990. 130 pages. Fourteen interactive lessons on the history of Nicaragua.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement

Book - Non-fiction. By Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson. Illustrated by Benny Andrews. 2006. The life of Civil Rights Movement activist and now Congressman, John Lewis.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements
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Journey of Dreams

Book - Fiction. By Marge Pellegrino. 2009. Historical fiction for young adult readers about the experience of Central American refugees and the long journey north.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Economics, Immigration, Organizing
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Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story

Book - Fiction. By Beverley Naidoo, illustrated by Eric Velasquez. 1988. A brother and sister take their sick sibling to the city of Johannesburg to get their mother at work, and come to understand the struggle for freedom and dignity taking place in South Africa.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: World History/Global Studies
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Labor Songs

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 7 pages. Students explore the power of songs to build solidarity and increase understanding. This is the final activity from Bigelow and Diamond’s labor history book, The Power in Our Hands, and draws on the other lessons.
Themes: Art & Music, Labor, Organizing, Social Class
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Lawrence, 1912: The Singing Strike

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. Role play on the 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Mass.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Labor, Organizing, Women's History
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A Lesson on the Japanese American Internment

Teaching Activity. By Mark Sweeting. How one teacher engaged his students in a critical examination of the language used in textbooks to describe the internment.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Asian American, Democracy & Citizenship, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Lewis Hine’s Photographs

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson. 4 pages. Using photographs to spark creative writing and critical thinking about child labor issues and social justice.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Labor, Media, Social Class
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Little Brother

Book - Fiction. By Cory Doctorow. 2008. A contemporary novel for teenagers that explores Homeland Security and freedom of speech in the post-9/11 United States.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights
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A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter

Book - Non-fiction. By Patricia and Fredrick McKissack. 1995. A true story of the history of this powerful union effort by the African American porters.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Labor, Organizing
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Lyddie

Book - Fiction. By Katherine Paterson. 1995. A young girl works in the mills and gets involved in labor activism.
Themes: Labor, Organizing
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Making of Black Revolutionaries

Book - Non-fiction. By James Forman. 1997. Detailed description of the Civil Rights Movement by one of the central leaders.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements
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