Today, an estimated 30 million children are on the run. They have fled their homes because of brutal violence, extreme poverty, or both. The newest edition of UNICEF ACT magazine for kids, “Children on the Move,” provides a comprehensive and child-friendly look at this global refugee crisis. Two separate publications are available for grades 3–5 and 6–8. Along with the magazines, educators can access teacher’s guides, supplemental activities, and ideas for taking action.
The State of Black America (SOBA) is an annual report by the National Urban league that compares the status of blacks against whites (and Hispanics against whites), across a variety of indicators including education, economics, health, social justice and civic engagement. The report, now in its 40th edition, contains essays authored by nationally recognized scholars. Each essay is based on one of the areas measured in the report. Read it all free at soba.iamempowered.com.
The Middle East Policy Council's educational initiative, TeachMideast, aims to give high school teachers and students the tools and knowledge to become better-informed global citizens. Curriculum resources, classroom guides, in-depth essays, professional development opportunities, and film and book lists are all available.
Free at an Education Week blog, this article, by Boston University’s African Studies Center, provides educators with relevant and interesting introductory video clips that begin to undermine stereotypes about Africa through African voices and a variety of narratives. It states, "The video resources we have included here are only entry points to teaching about Africa and work best when used to frame more in-depth discussion.
Quinn Rollins, Play Like a Pirate: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc., 2016, Paperback, 164 pp., $24.95.
Here’s an informal book review, excerpts from a blog posting (www.ucss.blog.com), by NCSS member Kaye Rizzuto (who teaches 8th and 9th grade U.S. History as well as AP Human Geography at Elk Ridge Middle School in South Jordan, Utah: