Our field of education has chosen to affect the school climate, and students’ environments, by engaging restorative practices. Restorative practices is a field of study that evolved from restorative justice. Restorative practices can possibly build relational communities and teachers are aware of the importance of healthy classroom environments.
There are grievous events taking place throughout the world. Together, students and teachers ought to consider the attitudes of the oppressed as well as the oppressor. We must learn to live harmoniously within every setting in which we find ourselves as major and/or supporting characters. The first step, of unlocking the gate of justice, is to view life from the perspectives of others. Learn to walk in their shoes. Then have critical conversations.
This product was designed to use literature and history to encourage students to think critically about how their behavior affects the lives of others by analyzing the experiences of other people. Sometimes we can see ourselves in the characters we study. The activities within this product encourage students to reflect on their personal experiences as they read those of others in a different era. This product has readings and activities that cover the following:
Biographical Sketch of James Corrothers
Two poems by Corrothers
Excerpts from Corrothers’ Autobiography In Spite of the Handicap
Parable of the Prodigal Son or the Lost Son
Embracing Cultural Differences
Excerpts from Edward Steiner’s On the Trail of the Immigrant
Biographical Sketch of Elias Boudinot
The Marriage of Harriett Gold and Elias Boudinot
Boudinot’s Address to Whites
Biographical Sketch of Zitkala-Sa
Three excerpts from Zitkala-sa’s Autobiography, American Indian Stories
Facts about the Carlisle Indian Boarding School