The author’s sample animal advocacy project as it appears on the Jane Goodall website: http://www.rootsandshoots.org/project/furever-homes. It is hoped that teachers and students will become part of the site’s projectmap and develop online resources highlighting their local, national orinternational animal advocacy projects. The site offers mini grants.
Humane education and citizenship learning can be made to happen jointly as a single classroom participatory action. This, without the class needing time or permissions for a school trip.
As they enter a classroom door embellished with downloads of animal advocacy graphics and student posters protesting animal abuse, students can immediately act as animal advocates while learning grade literacy skills. How better to further the goals of middle school language arts learning, including text engagement, spoken and written persuasive arguments, and short research, plus range of print and digital texts for reading and writing, than through integrating deep content study as students work to save animals.
Students address persuasive skills writing and reading, read across a range of print and digital texts and demonstrate speaking and listening skills as they fundraise for dog treats and medical care costs plus chimp sanctuaries at school .
( http://www.rootsandshoots.org/project/furever-homes ), sharing their learning about the plight of animals and illustrating at the same time how this approach represents a door to literacy and humane learning in a real world context.