The cost of a multi-cultural book set is $843, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Hooray! This project is fully funded
These students have the spark to learn and grow. I am amazed by them everyday! We are located in Brighton Park, where many of our families are low income. A majority of our students are on the free / reduced lunch program. Approximately 95% of our students are also bilingual, Spanish/English.
No one stresses the importance of multicultural education and tolerance more than Chicago Public Schools. I believe that learning rich heritage and cultures should be integrated through the curriculum, especially when it pertains to United States History. Famous women, African Americans, Native Americans, and people from various cultures have made this country the melting pot of the world.
To bring this multicultural experience to the classroom, I am asking for classroom novel sets (27). The novels that are chosen are to link Social Studies and literacy in the classroom. Here is an example:
Black History Month- Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy. This novel is linked with the Civil war. I believe that the Civil war and the Vietnam war are two hard subjects to teach about. When Social Studies is linked together with Language arts, the students gain a better understanding. The Civil war project for this year is North vs. South, the classroom Civil War. Half of the class will research the reason the North went to War and the reasons the South went to war. Each side will make classroom recruitment posters and newspapers for their war propaganda. When the projects are complete, we will have the big debate (who should win the war).
Hispanic Heritage month- Great book that I would enjoy reading with my class is The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisnernos. I feel that my students connect to the characters in this novel. When these novels are used in the classroom, my students are active learners and tend to partake in group discussions more often. While reading and discussing the book, I like to discuss the author. I believe that my students connect to her because of her Chicago/Mexico roots and traditions. Even though I stress the importance of literature, I believe that students understand more when literature is crossed with other subjects (art, history, and geography). While reading the novel, I would like to incorporate different projects into their curriculum. Students will create presentations from Mexico. Each group will be challenged to research a region (or state) of Mexico and create a presentation. Students are always allowed to use their imaginations.
Other novels I would like to link to classroom learning (27 copies please):
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. This story is wonderfully written. Each story is spoken by a different character. Each character is from another culture brought together by a garden. I like to keep the novel SeedFolks for the end of the year. It is a great novel to wrap up all multicultural units and to discuss. It is a great assessment tool for tolerance and growth in your students!
Please enrich our classroom and our lives with these books!
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