Using Lit to Examine the Impact of Cultural Differences
My students need class sets of Lions of Little Rock (22 copies) and The House on Mango Street (22) to study how cultural differences impact people.
This project expired on April 15, 2013.
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Remember how you felt when you used to wake up and go see what you had under the Christmas tree? Well, that is how my students act every time I bring new books into our classroom!
Virtually every culture of the modern world is represented in the school district that I teach in.
There are more than 45,000 students enrolled and more than 80 languages and dialects are spoken. It is safe to say that I teach in one of the most culturally diverse areas of Texas.
My 5th grade class is 40% gifted and talented and 60% talent pool. Most of my students are on free or reduced lunch, and they live in a neighborhood of high poverty. All but three of my students are English Language Learners. A little over 3/4 of my class is first generation American. They are on fire about learning and most of them are self-motivated.
I plan to use Lions of Little Rock, a book set in 1958, one year after the Little Rock Nine attempted to integrate the formerly all-white, Little Rock Central High School as the spring board to our multicultural unit. Secondly, we will read The House on Mango Street, a book about a Latino girl coming-of-age in Chicago who is determined to leave her impoverished neighborhood behind.
I feel certain that my students will have plenty of connections to these 2 texts and will be highly engaged in them.
I would highly appreciate if you would help me to get these 2 books into the hands of my students before they finish 5th grade.
My hard-working, diverse, wonderful students deserve the best!
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