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Ms. Nelson from Philadelphia PA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Literacy and the Immigration Experience: The Arrival

Help me give my students a rich literacy experience by exploring the themes of immigration and belonging in the novel "The Arrival" by Shaun Tan.

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Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

I have the privilege of working with 30 wonderful young people every day. My students are fifth graders at a Title I public school in Southwest Philadelphia.

Despite the fact that the majority of my students come from disadvantaged backgrounds, their curiosity, enthusiasm and potential inspire me.

Each day, my scholars come to school brimming with questions, willing to work hard and eager to learn something new. They have formed a supportive learning community in our classroom where students are supported, heard, respected and, as is often the case, teachers.

My Project

"The Arrival" is a magical adventure story documenting the immigration experience of a man leaving his homeland, and building a new life for himself and his family in a fantastical and surreal universe. The beauty of the book is that it is wordless, yet so rich in imagery and symbolism that it offers a complex story line for students.

I would like to give my scholars the opportunity to experience this gorgeous and endearing book as a culminating end-of-year literacy exercise.

The six chapters of this novel will require my students to infer, cite evidence, compare and contrast, make connections, determine theme and character motivation, identify plot and author's craft moves, and interpret symbolism -- all skills we have learned throughout the school year.

In addition, "The Arrival" conveys the fears and confusion many immigrants feel as they attempt to maneuver everyday life in a new land. There is a definite social justice component to this book: culture, language, food and societal expectations are stumbling blocks for the protagonist. His perspective offers a lesson in compassion and empathy for my scholars (some of whom are themselves immigrants), who will no doubt be strangers in a new world when they leave me in June to attend middle school.

Ms. Nelson
Grades 3-5

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The Arrival • Amazon Business $13.99 15 $209.85

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