In our school, students have a 3-period block of English Language Arts and Social Studies so I’ll have a group of 8th graders in the morning and a group of 7th graders in the afternoon. I’m planning to start the year with conversations about identity with both groups so I read Being The Change by Sara Ahmed and Upstanders by Sara Ahmed and Smokey Daniels. Both of these are absolutely amazing and I highly recommend them.
I also read through the first Units of Study Writing resources for both grades and then I read Reading Revealed by Diane Stephens, Jerome C. Harste, and Jean Anne Clyde. To be honest, the content in Reading Revealed is geared more towards K-5 but it’s still full of ideas so I’m excited to share it here as a giveaway for my K-5 friends.
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Interested in what I’ve got planned for exploring identity with students? I’ll be sharing posts soon but to start, I took time to write about my own identity here. When it comes to identity, it is imperative to start first with ourselves so you might want to try this yourself. If you do, I’d love to see your list! Link it in the comments or paste in some of your 31 things about you. Feel free to use my 31 Things About Me post as a mentor text!
Thanks to Scholastic
for sending me a copy of this book to review
and for partnering with me for this giveaway.