My school is in a densely populated urban industrial area. All my students qualify for free lunch. Our school is a public primary center with eight kindergarten classes, two transitional kindergarten classes, and 2 pre-school classes.
My students are a mix of shy, energetic, curious little beings who are interested in a variety of new experiences, but mostly love playing and recess.
They are English Language Learners and Standard English Learners.
Some of my students have been to pre-school, but for others this is their first school experience. There is an enormous difference in my students' abilities, ranging from students just learning how to hold a pencil to students who can write a simple sentence.
Although they have varying abilities, all my students have an inquisitive nature. They ask questions and wonder about new things they encounter. They love learning and finding answers, especially through fun play.
I am ordering books that tell us about women and girls in history. Many of the stories in our school's adopted educational programs are about male leaders in history. I would like to grow our classroom library by adding more books about girls and women of different backgrounds that have changed history to balance of curriculum and book collections.
I would like to add books to our classroom library that spotlight women and girls who have changed laws, challenged unfairness, and made important contributions to our country and our world.
I like to introduce new books to my young students so I have picked a a number of non-fiction books that I can use to teach at different parts of the year, but that will also be of interest to them. I selected books that I think my students will enjoy because the subjects are more like them. I picked books about girls, like Anne Frank and Malala Yousafzai, and biographies about women of color, like Sonia Sotomayor and Dolores Huerta, with whom students might better identify because of their similar backgrounds. I also selected picture books that students may be able to read or enjoy looking through independently. Lastly, the books I selected will help balance our books to include more diversity, including my students' backgrounds.
My students really enjoy learning about the real people who have changed our world. They will love hearing theses additional stories of these remarkable diverse people and hopefully they can imagine themselves being agents of change for the better.
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