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Reading to Make a Difference

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Reading to Make a Difference
Using Literature to Help Students Speak Freely, Think Deeply, and Take Action (Grade Level: K - 6th) ~ Lester L. Laminack

Books as bridges enable readers to speak freely, think deeply, and take action. In Reading to Make a Difference, Lester and Katie build on the work of Rudine Sims Bishop, extending the notion of books as windows, mirrors, and doors. They offer a pathway that can lead students to take action for social justice causes. They show you how to move beyond exposing your students to diverse children’s literature by offering an instructional framework that is applicable to any topic and can be adapted to your own classroom or community. Lester and Katie will show you how to:

*select and share text sets in a variety of reading experiences including read-aloud, small group, book clubs, and independent reading
*creating a scaffold for students to share their connections with a character, situation, issue, or topic
*invite students to pause and reflect
provide opportunities for students to take action individually or collectively in a way that can make a difference.

Each chapter highlights different classrooms in action and concludes with a wealth of suggested resources, both picture books and chapter books, along with helpful guidelines on how to choose text sets that reflect the needs, interests, and backgrounds of your students.

The right book at the right time can open doors of possibility for a better world. Armed with an understanding of who your students are, where they come from, and what matters to them, you can cultivate children as thoughtful, caring citizens, and empower them to become lifelong agents of change.

  • ISBN: 978-0325098708
  • Published by: Heinemann

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