Diversifying your library should include more than historical fiction or nonfiction books about the Underground Railroad or the Civil Rights Movement. It should be about representation and helping students see themselves AND OTHERS (whether or not you have a student of a specific race does not determine if you should have books featuring them):
“The stories that children read at a young age tell them who matters and who doesn't matter, who's human and who isn't human," explains Philip Nel, professor of English at Kansas State University.
"A story doesn't have to tell us that explicitly. It can tell us that by failing to represent certain groups of people -- omission tells us that these groups of people are not important," Nel adds. ... See MoreSee Less
Use one of my favorite mentor texts, Thank You Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson (affiliate link for book: amzn.to/2O4yByR) and this mentor text pack to integrate ELA while also reading about the woman who saved Thanksgiving! ... See MoreSee Less
By request, I have pulled the Thank You, Sarah lessons from Volume 3 for those who love using mentor sentences and mentor texts and wanted to add just this one lesson to their rotation. PLEASE do not purchase this if you already own all of the Volume 3 sets! (If you do, you already own all of these....