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The Good Braider

by Terry Farish

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 21, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Told in free verse poetry, The Good Braider (213 pgs, grades 7-10), follows Viola on her journey from war-torn Sudan to her final destination in Portland, Maine. Leaving behind her grandmother, Viola and her mother… More

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What Messages Are We Modeling?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on July 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw A 2015 Gallup poll shows that a third of Americans “want animals to have the same rights as people.” Other polls show that a strong majority of people in the U.S. believe… More

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Four Must-See Films About Sexual Assault

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 27, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Although the “Stanford rape case” has garnered the most attention lately, the sexual assault of women and girls is a regular occurrence. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, in the… More

Black Lives Matter Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 17, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Global Issues Guides, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Peace, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

Find suggested resources for issues surrounding the repeated violence against people of color (esp. black men and boys) in the U.S. and the seeking of meaningful solutions. More

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Caminar

by Skila Brown

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 29, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

“Caminar” (193 pgs) is the story of a young boy named Carlos growing up in Chopán, Guatemala. The story begins in 1981, as the army and rebel forces are traveling through the area around Chopán…. More

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Resources to Teach and Learn About Refugees and Immigration

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 17, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The Universal Declaration of Human Rights outlines the basic rights that everyone in the “human family” should have access to, from sufficient food, water, and health care, to the right to security,… More

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14 Children’s Books About Refugees

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 10 Comments | Published on September 21, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The headlines are full of news about refugees – from war, climate, and other factors. And while we adults struggle with what to do and how to help, many children and young… More

Everyday Feminism

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 30, 2015 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Health, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Everyday Feminism is a feminist digital media site. Their mission “is to help people heal from and stand up to everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization through applied intersectional feminism.” They say: “We aim to shift… More

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Summer on the Moon

by Adrian Fogelin

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 10, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

In “Summer on the Moon” (234 pgs) Socko (short for Socrates) has survived another year of middle school and is ready to enjoy summer with his best friend Damien. Wherever they turn, the boys are… More

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Exending Empathy, Even When It’s Most Difficult

Written by Jessie Huart Sullivan | No Comments | Published on February 11, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Jessie Huart Sullivan As a freshman in college, I took a class in the education department at Indiana University called Introduction to Exceptional Children. Although the class mostly feels like a distant memory, I… More