TAGT Legacy Book Award
January 27, 2017
By: Kendall Hunt
Kendall Hunt College of William & Mary Language Arts title The Pursuit of Justice Teacher Guide, written by Mary Ann Yedinak, was named the 2016 Legacy Book Award recipient for Curricular Materials by the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented.
The Legacy Book Award is a nationally known award that honors outstanding publications that have long-term potential for positively influencing the gifted community. The Curricular Materials category provides educators with supporting materials to use in the classroom and can include: workbooks, lesson plans, manuals and classroom activities.
The Pursuit of Justice is about the path man has taken in his desire for justice. Students will explore the South of the 1930s in the perennial classic To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; they will also read some of her short stories and essays that have intrigued readers. The plight of the Little Rock Nine becomes a first-person account in Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals. Students will read the primary source newspapers of the day to get other perspectives on how the fight for civil rights and integration shook the nation. They will also travel the path of the migrant ranch hand in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Students will have a chance to examine poetry, songs, essays, and art that portray “the pursuit of justice.”