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Teaching for Joy and Justice
Re-imagining the Language Arts Classroom
Teaching for Joy and Justice is the sequel to Linda Christensen's bestselling, Reading, Writing, and Rising Up. Christensen is recognized as one of the country's finest teachers.
Through stories, Christensen demonstrates how she draws on students' lives and the world to teach poetry, essay, narrative, and critical literacy skills.
Practical, inspirational, passionate: Teaching for Joy and Justice reveals what happens when a teacher treats all students as intellectuals, instead of intellectually challenged.
Part autobiography, part curriculum guide, part critique of today's numbing standardized mandates, this book sings with hope—born of Christensen's more than 30 years as a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and teacher educator.
Review from the National Writing Project:
Praise for the book:
"Teaching for Joy and Justice gives teachers the inspiration and 'how to' nitty-gritty we crave. We find names of texts that compel, high school student writing that calls out to teenage reality, techniques for teaching how to write poems, narratives, essays. And everything presented sits resolutely under the social justice umbrella: issues of race, class, language, gender—oh yes, they do matter."
— Faye Peitzman, Director, UCLA Writing Project
"Linda Christensen gets it. She understands writing is a medium through which human beings convey their passions, hopes and dreams. Christensen provides practical advice to teachers with an understanding that when our students learn to write they experience a sense of joy and fulfillment."
— Pedro A. Noguera, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, New York University and author of The Trouble With Black Boys: And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education