Chapters 3 and 4 focus on timely and much needed topics for elementary educators. I am continually asked for books related to death and immigration. Katie and Lester not only provide great text sets for educators to access, but they also invite us into classrooms to hear how these conversations might go. I love the chart in Chapter 3 page 51: Responding to Text. The authors provide a range of ways for students to respond. Students need varied entry points into comprehension and response.
Another way I like to invite students to respond is to create a text set for other readers. What might they want to read? What additional information might they want? One group of students created this text set after reading ida, Always:
Here is one we created with teachers to support talking with students about loss:
Here is one we created with teachers to support talking with students about social comprehension issues such as immigration:
I love the criteria the authors provide for students doing research on refugees on page 67 and the ideas for getting kids involved to use their knowledge to make a change in the world (page 74-75).
If you are looking for other titles that inspire kids to take action - these are some I love:
What books do you love on these topics? I would love to add to my collection!
Happy Learning Everyone!