The Pentagon Papers: Making History at the Washington Post by Katharine GrahamDrawn from Katharine Graham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Personal History, a dramatic account of how she piloted the Washington Post through the Pentagon Papers and Watergate crises.
After inheriting the Post from her father, and assuming its leadership in 1963 after the death of her husband, Graham found herself unexpectedly playing a role in history. Here she recounts the riveting episodes that transformed a shy widow into a newspaper legend, as she defied the government to publish the Pentagon Papers’ secrets about the Vietnam War and then led the way in exposing the Watergate scandal. Graham gives us an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the tense debates and high stakes she and her editors faced, and concludes with a powerful argument for the freedom of the press as a bulwark against abuses of power.
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Teaching Tolerance and Embracing Diversity with Books for Children and Teens
When Henri's parents hear of greater opportunity in the United States, they set sail in a small boat. Henri survives incredible tragedy on their journey and subsequently retreats to a world of silence. His only form of expression is pounding on a small water bucket until he meets a friend who understands. Know how to talk about race. Capture the unseen. Resist telling a simple story.
Our classroom libraries are often windows into worlds our students cannot imagine, but must learn if they are to develop into empathetic citizens. Books about social justice allow our students insight into what it feels like to be a refugee, to encounter racism, or to have to fight against great odds for rights and freedoms which others take for granted. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. So they carry him with them from Iraq to Greece, keeping their secret passenger hidden away. But during the crowded boat crossing to Greece, his carrier breaks and the frightened cat runs from the chaos. In one moment, he is gone. After an unsuccessful search, his family has to continue their journey, leaving brokenhearted.
To ensure that your kids are reading books that reflect real people in our world, our friends at Common Sense Media have rounded up some great reads. Books have a way of sparking empathy, drawing readers into the lives of characters who may be different from themselves — or different from other characters in the story. Kids and teens walk in others' shoes as these characters navigate the school bus, deal with bullies, fall in love, face physical or mental challenges, or have fantastical adventures in another time or galaxy. It's a diverse world, and these books reflect the view that we're all in it together. Our Family newsletter is a little parenting cheat sheet, delivered to your inbox daily. View On One Page. Photo 0 of
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It's easy to picture bullying as obvious teasing that happens in the schoolyard, but it can take many different forms, from cruel name-calling to physical threats and rumors started from behind a keyboard. These books not only show the dangers of bullying, but also model appropriate responses to it for kids in middle school. This is so important because even if kids are not bullies or victims of bullying themselves, many are bystanders to it. Middle school brings with it cliques, social media, and shifting social dynamics that can make bullying easier and more hidden. However, these titles will give your child the guidance and experience to navigate tough situations — learning how to notice bullying, stop it, and learn from it.
Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father—by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports. This emotionally resonant novel in verse by award-winning author Nikki Grimes celebrates choosing to be true to yourself. From the time she was a little girl, Dorothea Lange saw the world with her eyes and her heart. Dorothea deliberately blended into the background to take her pictures. She used her photographs to tell the stories of the people the world ignored—the homeless, the jobless, the poor.