Teaching social justice in social studies through young adult literature

Theoni Soublis Smyth, Angela L Hansen

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Abstract

The authors discuss techniques for approaching current events in America's history through the use of contemporary young adult literature in the social studies classroom. The authors discuss issues of social justice as they relate to the events of September 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina. Freedom, democracy, gender equality, ethnicity, race, class, and socioeconomic status are topics analyzed through the use of four young adult novels. The authors discuss various classroom activities that complement the novels to inspire social studies teachers to incorporate young adult literature into their classrooms and to foster creative techniques to begin sensitive discussions about social justice and change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Justice Instruction
Subtitle of host publicationEmpowerment on the Chalkboard
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages339-346
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319123493
ISBN (Print)9783319123486
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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social studies
social justice
young adult
classroom
Teaching
event
September 11, 2001
social change
social status
equality
ethnicity
democracy
gender
teacher
history
literature

Keywords

  • African-American literature in the classroom
  • American current events in the classroom
  • Democracy
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender equality
  • Literature in social studies
  • Muslim american literature in the classroom
  • Race, class, and socioeconomic status
  • Reading in the social studies classroom
  • Social justice freedom
  • Young adult literature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Smyth, T. S., & Hansen, A. L. (2016). Teaching social justice in social studies through young adult literature. In Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard (pp. 339-346). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12349-3_29

Teaching social justice in social studies through young adult literature. / Smyth, Theoni Soublis; Hansen, Angela L.

Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard. Springer International Publishing, 2016. p. 339-346.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Smyth, TS & Hansen, AL 2016, Teaching social justice in social studies through young adult literature. in Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard. Springer International Publishing, pp. 339-346. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12349-3_29
Smyth TS, Hansen AL. Teaching social justice in social studies through young adult literature. In Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard. Springer International Publishing. 2016. p. 339-346 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12349-3_29
Smyth, Theoni Soublis ; Hansen, Angela L. / Teaching social justice in social studies through young adult literature. Social Justice Instruction: Empowerment on the Chalkboard. Springer International Publishing, 2016. pp. 339-346
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