Teaching the First Amendment through Fiction

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Educator Verna Safran releases children’s book, discusses civil liberties

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In tutoring middle-school kids, Safran has found that very few know what their civil liberties are as guaranteed in the Constitution. “Justin and the First Amendment” explores the right to freedom of speech and what the first amendment really includes.

Teaching history to youngsters can be a challenging task. Not only do some find the subject boring, but also the concepts can be difficult to fully explain to a young mind. Educator, Verna Safran, hopes to ease the strain on other educators and parents through her new book, “Justin and the First Amendment.”

Safran is not new to the fields of education or writing—she taught both English and History in middle school and high school, and has also worked as a freelance journalist. Her articles on health, civil liberties and women’s issues have been published and featured in magazines nationwide.

Additionally, Safran has written children’s stories that have been published in Highlights and The Readers Digest Educational Division.

In tutoring middle-school kids, Safran has found that very few know what their civil liberties are as guaranteed in the Constitution. “Justin and the First Amendment” explores the right to freedom of speech and what the first amendment really includes.

The story begins when Justin wears a peace t-shirt to school and gets suspended. Justin’s friends rally around him, and get in trouble for signing a petition, publishing a pro-Justin article in the school paper and holding a rally. Complete with humor and heart, this book is a great tool for parents and educators to open dialogue with their children about a potentially difficult topic in an entertaining way.

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“Justin and the First Amendment”
By: Verna Safran
ISBN: 978-1-4817-7344-7
Available in softcover ($13.95) and e-book ($3.99)
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse

About the author
Verna Safran taught English and History in middle school and high school and also worked as a freelance journalist, writing articles on health, civil liberties and women’s issues published in national magazines. Safran is currently on the board of her local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Originally from New York, Safran is now retired in Sarasota, where she helps organize current events forums and is an actress/director/writer with the Asolo Play Readers. Safran has written three musical shows for children which have been professionally produced: “The Prince and the Pauper,” “Hiawatha” and “The Legend of Paul Bunyan.”

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