We live in a rural community where not all students have the opportunities to travel and learn about diverse cultures. We have done novel studies of Front Desk and Amal Unbound, but we only have one copy and it was taught mostly through a teacher read aloud.
We are requesting class sets of books about diverse characters- both fiction and nonfiction.
Students will gain so much knowledge and skill through having their own copy to read and reference. We hope we can travel the world through books and learn about the struggles happening in other countries, as well as those close to home.
Many of my students do not travel outside of our community- some haven't even been into the 'city.' Many students work on farms or spend a lot of time outside. There are many separated households and guardianships. Many of my students do not have opportunities to travel to experience other cultures.
This project will fill our classroom library with books about diverse people and cultures. Students will learn about different types of governments and refugees fleeing their homelands. They will learn about the struggles of racism, sexism, and being divided from their families.
This project will provide my class with two class sets- Amal Unbound, and Nowhere Boy.
Amal Unbound is centered around a strong female character fighting for equality. Nowhere Boy is centered around a male refugee escaping Syria and being separated from his family.
We are also asking for single copies of other books to add to our classroom library.
Students will experience through words what some people around the world experience every day. These class sets can also be shared with other 5th grade classes in the district when we are not using them.
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