Teaching Tough Topics shows teachers how to lead students to become caring citizens as they read and respond to quality children’s literature. It focuses on topics that can be challenging or sensitive, yet are significant in order to build understanding of social justice, diversity, and equity. Racism, Homophobia, Bullying, Religious Intolerance, Poverty, and Physical and Mental Challenges are just some of the themes explored. The book is rooted in the belief that by using picture books, novels, poetry, and nonfiction, teachers can enrich learning with compassion and empathy as students make connections to texts, to others, and to the world.
About the author
LARRY SWARTZ is an instructor in literacy as well as dramatic arts at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He has been an educator for over thirty-six years and is well known for his use of childrenâ??s literature to help young people grow as readers, writers, and citizens of the world. As a classroom teacher, consultant, author, and speaker, Larry has shared his enthusiasm and expertise with teachers, administrators, teacher-librarians, and parents throughout Canada, the United States, and Asia. He is the author of several teacher resource publications.
Other titles by Larry Swartz
Write to Read
Ready-to-use classroom lessons that explore the ABCs of writing
Deepening In-Class and Online Learning
60 step-by-step strategies to encourage interaction, foster inclusion, and spark imagination
Better Reading Now
50 ready-to-use teaching strategies to engage students, deepen comprehension, and nurture a love of reading
Word by Word
101 ways to inspire and engage students by building vocabulary, improving spelling, and enriching reading, writing, and learning
SideStreets Teacher's Resource Guide
Take Me to Your Readers
How to use the best children's books to lead students to read, read, read
Real Justice Teacher's Resource Guide
Questions and answers that meet the needs of real teachers in K-12 classrooms
"This Is a Great Book!"
101 events for building enthusiastic readers inside and outside the classroom — from chapter books to young adult novels