In my class, I have a very diverse group of 22 students. They come to school with different socio-economic backgrounds, family sizes, cultures, and religions. Within my class community, I have students who are in the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program, as well as students who are identified as English Language Learners. While my own class size is 22, this project can reach 140 students in all during grade-level classroom rotations and other whole grade-level learning.
My students need books and stories that reflect who they are.
Every student should see themselves in a book - I hope this project allows my students to gain access to characters that look like them and have similar life experiences. At the same time, I want to expose my students to a collection of books that celebrates diversity.
“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of a larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”
― Rudine Sims Bishop
Help me offer my students books that can serve as windows and mirrors! My first grade class community is full of diverse learners - from cultures to family backgrounds, each student needs to see aspects of their identities represented in the books I am placing in their hands.
The books listed for their project include nonfiction biographical read-a-louds, picture books, and short chapter books. I plan on reading these stories to my students as well as offer the books for my students to read on their own. As the year progresses, I want to be able to pull from this library to expose my students to characters similar to them and different to them. With this collection of diverse texts, I hope to inspire my students to continue to read and to continue to learn about the world around them!
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