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Lauren McBride shares some great tips on how to get students involved in global issues beyond the hash tag. I love how a book club at her school raised both money and awareness for children in South Sudan. Students used social media responsibly and learned what it means to be global digital citizens. Students will remember this issue much longer than if they'd merely retweeted a trending hash tag. Just ask 8th or 9th graders to tell you about #Kony2012, which was all the rage at our school 2 years ago. Using A Long Walk to Water in middle schools, or Blue Gold, about mineral mining in Congo and forced labor in China in high school would certainly make many students more aware of issues children their age face around the world. Sometimes fiction can serve not just as a window on the world but a wake-up call as well. Supplementing fiction like this with plenty of informational text and reputable websites can inform and inspire students. And isn't that one of the many great things that can happen in your library?
I got so much more out of "Nothing to Envy" about North Korea, than I ever did from "Huck Finn." I completely agree that we need kids to get their hands on books about important issues (as well as fun^^)
It's great that there is more and more literature--even if technically "fictional"--out there that we can use to help students become more aware of conditions around the world. With these, we can inspire them to become more connected to their counterparts, even if they're on the other side of the globe.