One Crazy Summer is a novel you can read with 4th-8th graders. It is a book where one can center Black lives within the curriculum. It is a good book to go along with teaching CA or USA history- especially telling the story of the Black Panther Movement and their education program. This book is set in Oakland, CA and it is a good book to teach about civic engagement, grassroots organizing, solidarity and multi-ethnic/racial resistance. We highly recommend this book where one can begin to teach ethnic studies and center Black lives within the curriculum. Key themes of the book are re-education/ education for liberation, #BlackLivesMatter, surveillance, provocateurs, organizing, solidarity, etc.
Dr. Marisol Ruiz and her students at Humboldt State University created and designed these lessons for your use.
Chapter 26, 27, 28
Chapter 29, 30
Chapter 31, 32, 33
One Crazy Summer Summative Assessment
This 1-page pdf list of questions with examples can be utilized in any unit of study to uncover (neo)colonialism in people, places, actions, institutions, curriculum, historical or contemporary events, and more. The questions can be posted in the classroom for easy reference throughout the school year. For example, #9: "Who and what was/is promoted as important, a role model, a positive historical figure? (e.g. Who is written about in history books and magazines and how? Is it the White male ‘founding fathers’? Cesar Chavez? Dolores Huerta?)"
"Just a note to say I used 5 of your 16 questions (for Ethnic Studies) in my regular Modern World and US History classes this week (slide 9) to help break down a recent article, also attached. We are just wrapping up WWII in both classes and I felt this was a good time to visit this current event. I wanted to tell you that your questions helped my students get to the heart of the transgender struggle, in a way I would have been at a loss to do by myself. So, thank you!!"
-Nicole DeMatteo, Social Science Teacher, Santa Maria High School