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Using Picture Books to Explore Identity, Stereotyping, and Discrimination
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Eight 45-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- I Can Hear the Sun by Patricia Polacco (Philomel, 1996)
- The Secret Footprints by Julia Alvarez (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2000)
- The Woman Who Outshone the Sun from a poem by Alejandro Cruz Martinez (Children's Book Press, 1994)
- Butcher paper and markers
- Computers with Internet access
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
Doodle Splash combines the process of drawing with analytical thinking by pairing online drawing with writing prompts that encourage students to make connections between their visual designs and the text.
- Introduction of Concepts: Answer Sheet
- Comparative Analysis
- Identity, Stereotypes, and Discrimination Chart: Teacher's Reference
- Introduction of Concepts
- Summary of I Can Hear the Sun
- Comparative Analysis: Teacher's Guide
|1.||Obtain and familiarize yourself with I Can Hear the Sun by Patricia Polacco, The Woman Who Outshone the Sun from a poem by Alejandro Cruz Martinez, and The Secret Footprints by Julia Alvarez. Note any questions or comments you might make before, during, or after the reading (besides the ones in the lesson) to clarify the stories and their message for your students. Keep in mind that the focus is on issues of identity, stereotyping, and discrimination.
|2.||Print a copy for yourself of Introduction of Concepts: Answer Sheet, Comparative Analysis: Teacher's Guide, and the Identity, Stereotypes, and Discrimination Chart: Teacher's Reference.
|3.||On a large sheet of butcher paper, use the Identity, Stereotypes, and Discrimination Chart: Teacher's Reference to make a blank chart. You will want to post this chart in a prominent location where you can easily write on it during Sessions 3, 5, and 7.
|4.||Make one copy of the Summary of I Can Hear the Sun for each student in your class. Take each copy, cut out the sentences, mix them up, and join with a paper clip or place them in an envelope.
|5.||If you do not have computers with Internet access in your classroom, reserve one session in your school's computer lab for Session 3. Visit and familiarize yourself with the online Doodle Splash tool.
|6.||Make one copy of the Introduction of Concepts sheet and the Comparative Analysis sheet for each student in your class.|