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This highly useful book is premised on a truism few teachers would argue with: Every community is a treasure trove of history, architecture, art, music, languages, literature, folklore, and science. By exploring their communities through language-centered activities, students of all ages can become not only deeply aware of the meaning and nature of community and their places in it, but also of the role of language arts in human affairs.
The Community as Classroom is an idea book first to last--a resource filled with strategies for students from elementary grades through high school that provide rich opportunities for community based learning experiences. The book describes concrete activities to help students identify and explore their sense of community, conduct investigations, and delve into all aspects of local life. Students will learn to separate myths, assumptions, and stereotypes from realities. They'll learn to observe, listen, question, research and report.
Candida Gillis focuses especially on the need to help young people acquire sensitivity and insight into the elderly--into the process of aging and being old. An often-ignored segment of the community, elders form an element of society that young people can and should benefit from learning about. For all teachers interested in studying the topic of old age, this book provides dozens of methods. It also offers extremely rich bibliographies of useful materials, including children's and young adult literature, and books about aging and aging education.
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CANDIDA GILLIS has taught English and worked with English/language arts teachers for more than twenty-five years. A professor of English at the University of Idaho, she is author of The Community as Classroom: Integrating School and Community Through Language Arts (Boynton/Cook, 1992) and numerous articles on English education. In addition to teaching and writing, she gives talks and conducts workshops for English teachers, serves on the board of the Inland Northwest Council of Teachers of English, and runs her local writing partners project.
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Book Description Heinemann, 1991. Paperback. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0867092807