I think I’ve mentioned the new series on youth activism coming out from the Capstone Press? Last month I finished consulting on a four book series for middle school students, each focused on topics like social justice, the environment, and animal rights. Well, I’m excited to note that I just found out that McGraw-Hill, a major publisher of school curricula, has devised part of a classroom lesson plan based solely off The Freechild Project website!
In five questions students are asked to read through the site and vital the answers to a variety of questions, including…
- What is the Midnight Forum and what does it use hip hop to do?
- Why do older adults and teens make good allies?
- What are some examples of ways students can get involved in the decision-making process at their schools?
This type of exercise does a few things for Freechild: first, it legitimizes the intrinsic value teachers find in the website by enshrining it in curriculum; second, it legitimizes the value students place on the website by engaging them in using it within the formal boundaries of the classroom. While its true that there also drawbacks, I think the usage is primarily positive.
Find the entire plan here. And please let me know how YOU are using Freechild in your classroom or youth program. Thanks!