The new semester begins Monday. Friday was a grading day, and I got to spend a few hours in my classroom reading professional material and planning what I'm going to do in my classroom during the rest of the year.
I've been wanting to do a formal #bookaday challenge, and my plan for the next six week grading period was to read a picture book each day, based around one topic per week. Within that topic, I'd be teaching kids how to identify theme. There's more to it than that, but that's the background. I gathered a bunch of picture books I own and put even more on hold at the library, and took a look at which weeks were full weeks and which weeks we'd lose a day. I thought I'd do a week about death/dying, a week about friendship and loneliness, a week about creativity, a week about immigration, a week about change...you get the idea.
But now I'm thinking we may start with immigration, and then stay there as long as I can find more good books. Or maybe use a bunch of these, and then find a bunch of civil disobedience books.
Empathy through fiction. I still believe in it.
How Many Days to America?
Who Belongs Here? An American Story
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey
My Name Is Jorge on Both Sides of the River
Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story
The Lotus Seed
The Color of Home
How I Learned Geography
A Thirst for Home