|"Some of our most inattentive students were very much into it
A couple of our most squirmish boys followed the story quite nicely and compared the way the black players were treated with the way Mr. Booth treated Joe Joe."
Bette K. Harmon, BA, MS
Detroit Public Schools
"Thanks again for the great stories and characters in the "Joe Joe in the City" series. They are now a staple in every class I teach."
Nichelle Boyd-Robinson, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
University of Mississppi
Elster blends personal, local, and national histories into a well-told narrative for readers of all ages. In addition to being a "great read," (Whos Jim Hines?) is an excellent resource for teaching about the city of Detroit during the 1930s."
Kristy Brugar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, Social Studies
College of Education
Wayne State University
Lessons that Examine Family and Community Life within Whos Jim Hines? Language Arts Activities by Jean Ford Fuqua, BS, MEd
These language arts activities were crafted by a twenty-five year veteran of the Detroit Public Schools, elementary school teacher Jean Ford Fuqua, who was also an educator-director of teacher interns for the Wayne State University College of Education (currently retired from both positions). The lessons provide educators with the means to create language arts activities via an examination of the portrayal of family and community life in the middle grade novel Whos Jim Hines?
The Joe Joe Series: A Culturally Responsive Resource by Nichelle C. Boyd and Kantaylieniere Hill-Clarke, Social Studies and the Young Learner 17 (2), pp. 23-27 (Copyright 2004 National Council for the Social Studies) Click Here. To find this article in a library near you, visit ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) at www.eric.ed.gov and search article #EJ720480. This article offers educators a means with which to use childrens literaturethrough an examination of the Joe Joe in the City seriesto great advantage in the social studies curriculum.
Build the Knowledge and They Will Understand: Making Social Studies Relevant to the Under-Resourced Child by Nichelle C. Boyd, Ed.D., All Children Can Learn: Effectively Educating the Under-Resourced Child by Williams-Black, Boyd, Key and Jones (Kendall Hunt Publishing Company 2009). For social studies-, reading/language arts-, science- and math-related classroom activities that embrace morals/values/character education utilizing the Joe Joe in the City series, see Appendix A: Lesson Plans that Bring Social Studies Topics to Life for Students, pp. 33 36. ISBN 978-0-7575-6593-9 http://www.kendallhunt.com/
Sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, Thinkfinity offers a wealth of free educational resources for teachers, librarians/media specialists, students, and parents. See the link to the Thinkfinity Literacy Network.
The website for The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) offers a wide range of reading and literacy resources not only for educators but for parents and students as well.
This link on the website for The National Council of Teachers of English offers a wealth of classroom-tested lesson plans for grades elementary through high school. http://www.ncte.org/lessons