“A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices”
Told in free verse poems written by Sally Derby, A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices,features six students from different backgrounds, kindergarten through fifth grade, as they prepare and attend their first day of school.
This book promotes diversity and different perspectives.
TITLE: A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices
AUTHOR: Sally Derby
ILLUSTRATOR: Mika Song
PUBLISHER: Charlesbridge, 2017
AGE GROUP: 6-9
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: different perspectives, diversity
1) Write a poem or story about your first day of school. Remember to use your five senses.
2) Pretend you are a new student at a new school. How might you want others to treat you? What can you do to welcome new students at your school this year?
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Animals, people, storybook characters live in many different structures called homes. Carson Ellis introduces readers to a variety of homes found throughout time and the world.
Illustrations tickle readers’ imaginations as they wonder about who lives in these homes.
This story promotes flexible thinking, making connections, and diversity.
AUTHOR: Carson Ellis
ILLUSTRATOR: Carson Ellis
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2015
AGE GROUP: 4-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, making connections, and diversity
1) Think about the neighborhood you live in. List 10 different homes. Think about a place you visited. List 10 different homes. Compare the homes on your lists. How are they alike? How are they different? Which home would you only like to visit and why? Which home would you like to live in and why?
2) Home and house can mean different things to different people. What does each mean to you? What does qualities does a home have that a house doesn’t?
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