Help me give my students access to diverse read aloud texts that reflect their and others' lives.
This project expired on May 10, 2019.
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I work with kindergarten and first grade English language learners from Mexico, Guatemala, and Moldova. They are at different stages of language development, from beginning to more intermediate. My students are good-natured and good friends, excited about learning, and respected members of their classrooms. Our school is a small, supportive elementary school with preschool through first grade in a mill town in Massachusetts.
My students love reading stories together, learning about the world around us, and engaging in discussion and writing.
Our school is working on building a diverse books read aloud collection. We are using Teaching Tolerance's Social Justice Standards to explore issues of identity, diversity, justice, and action and need new beautiful read aloud books to support this project. These new read aloud books are beautifully illustrated and reflect a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
Students will see themselves and their experiences reflected in these texts, as well as develop curiosity about and empathy for others' experiences.
Teachers in our building, from preschool through first grade, will be able to select these texts to support and broaden their teaching. “When kids grow up not seeing themselves in books they grow up feeling like they don’t matter,” noted Eric Smith. Help us build a collection in which we show kids they matter.
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