Monday, June 16, 2014

What do you think? Your feedback, please

As we happily watch our first volume, Using Informational Text to Teach To Kill a Mockingbird, make its way out into the world, we are hard at work on our second book, focusing on A Raisin in the Sun.

Before we get too far into writing new units, we want to ask for feedback from those of you who have bought our book or downloaded sample units. What did you find most valuable? What would you like more of, or less of? Does the format of the units make it easy to use the materials in your classes? What do you like about the format, or what would you like changed? Have you downloaded and used any of the rubrics and graphic organizers from our website? Were they useful? Please post your feedback in the comments below, or email us.

If you have not yet looked at our materials, you might want to take some time now, with the frenzy of the last few weeks of school behind you, and think about using them next year. Click here to download our sample materials, or click here to purchase Using Informational Text to Teach To Kill a Mockingbird in paperback or ebook format from Rowman & Littlefield Education.

The lasting prominence of Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark play was particularly apparent during this past week in which the theater world celebrated the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival and remembered Ruby Dee, the original Ruth Younger. While we know that popular conversation will move on to other topics, perhaps no longer referring to the play again by name as frequently as it has recently, the headlines buzz on a regular basis with the topics embedded in the play. The rich texts we have selected to include in our forthcoming volume include excerpts on housing discrimination, both past and present, the cultural politics of hair for African-American women, the reality of abortion access pre-Roe v. Wade, and the persistence of inequality. We can’t wait to dive in and start working with these fascinating texts, but we’d love to hear from you if you have any feedback on our previous materials.

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