I will be teaching a class of 33- 5th graders at a school in South Sacramento beginning this August. The students that will be in my class live in a highly diverse community. Many students speak English as a second or third language.
In 5th grade, students will be exploring the world through literature, science, math, art, and history.
We will be diving into studies on past injustices, character development, and the impact of human behavior on the world both historically and presently.
I am entering my first year teaching 5th grade in Sacramento, California. The students that will be in my class this year are often underrepresented in classroom libraries. I want to provide my students with an enriched library, representing as many unique aspects of my students’ individual cultures and experiences as possible.
Diverse books act as both mirrors, reflecting one's own experiences and identity, as well as windows for students to observe and learn from experiences unlike their own.
The books that I have chosen on this list will allow for high quality conversation within and beyond the classroom. They represent the complex identities and experiences of many of the students in my class, which will allow for heightened conversation in the classroom and opportunities for students to learn empathy and appreciation for the experiences of others.
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