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Finley Teacher Wins Contest
for Books


A class set of 25 copies of A People’s History of the United States will soon be on its way to J. Taylor Finley Middle School after social studies teacher Esmeralda Tello won a national contest sponsored by the Zinn Education Project.


The contest, “Teaching Outside the Textbook,” required Ms. Tello to submit an essay about how she goes about teaching a “people’s history” in the classroom and the impact it has had on her students. The books have been donated by publisher HarperCollins.


In addition to the set of books, copies of The People Speak DVD, Voices of a People’s History and A Young Peoples History of the United States are also en route to Finley.


Ms. Tello said she is “excited” to have won the contest. “We had over 80 submissions from educators all over the country,” according to a message sent to Ms. Tello by contest officials. “The stories were full of inspiring examples of how a people’s history is being taught, how teachers were introduced to the work of Howard Zinn, and how students are responding to learning a more complete version of U.S. history.”


Mr. Zinn, who passed away in January 2010, spent many years on Boston University’s history department faculty. He wrote several books, with his most popular being A People’s History of the United States, which became a bestseller. Since its first printing in 1980, the book has sold about two million copies.



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