First-Person Narrative of Life As a Young Jew During World War II
A journal written in Poland during World War II describes the details of the life of a Jewish girl, Renia Spiegel, from age 15 to 18, as the war unfolded. Nearly 700 pages, Spiegel’s journal, which spans the years 1939 to the summer of 1942, presents a powerful insight into the life of a young woman whose life was tragically cut short shy of her eighteenth birthday. Spiegel’s journal—with English translated excerpts published in Smithsonian Online—offers a contrast to the writing of Anne Frank who recounts the war and her final days hiding in an attic.
As teachers, we must check our systems for
equity each time we walk into our classrooms. The key word here is “systems,” for
without thoughtful practices, even the most well-intentioned among us fall into
the old traps of expediency, implicit bias, and tradition. Here are a few
practical structures I use as equity checks that take very little time to
Women @ NASA features short films that explore the careers and backgrounds of career women who work for NASA in each of the STEM areas.The website includes a collection of 64 videos and essays from women across the agency who contribute to NASA’s mission in many different ways.
Coming soon from Scholastic Education … Fifty award-winning literacy educators contribute more than thirty-five “engagements”—engaging stories of student-focused, classroom-tested instructional and assessment actions—to strengthen the reader in every child, while reinforcing one essential fact: reading is about constructing meaning. Reading Revealed is organized in a four-part framework: Knowing Reading, Knowing Readers, Engaging Readers, and Knowing the Language to Use. Each engagement includes a brief Introduction; Why?—Benefits of the engagement; Who?—Students that would benefit most from the engagement; How?—Materials and instructions for effective implementation; Closure/Stepping Back—Concluding the engagement; How’s It Going? Informal Assessment; and Sources for more information. Packed with helpful tips, photos, an appendix of forms, and a companion website featuring real classroom videos, Reading Revealed offers indispensable support for helping students approach reading strategically and joyfully.