March is Women's History Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
Here's a sample of books I wlll be highlighting this month for children, young adults and adults.
This week, my students and I will be celebrating #ReadWokeAcrossAmerica. Created by school librarian Cicely Lewis, this week will highlight picture books that celebrate cultures, dreams and overcoming struggles. Read Woke Across America Week starts March 1, 2021, in honor of Zero Discrimination Day. This day encourages everyone to take action to end the inequalities surrounding income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, drug use, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity and religion that continue to persist around the world. Visit my YouTube page to enjoy read alouds with my dynamic 7th graders as they read picture books this week.
The first book we read together was, "Alma and How She Got Her Name," by Juana Martinez-Neal. This story celebrates the beauty of everyone's name and the story of how they were named by their families. The students completed a short written assignment from TeachingBooks and shared their responses on the collaboration board on Nearpod. Our class discussion focused mainly on the uniqueness of their names and how they were named. I learned so much about my students and I hope that they learned a lot about each other.
Today's lesson highlight a overlooked civil rights activist in history, Claudette Colvin. I created the lesson using Nearpod, Merriam-Webster Online, Britannica School Online, ABC News and a book from our SORA collection.
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I love historian Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., he's a national treasurer. Can't wait to see his new series, "The Black Church: This Is My Story, This Is My Song" which airs tonight. What some people may not realize is he has created a really cool video series called, "Black History In Two Minutes." Short videos that highlight little known black history facts that can be celebrated 365 days of the year and not just for Black History Month. Check it out when you have an opportunity, my students enjoyed the Nearpod lesson today about Garrido.
📚🖤Purchase your books 365 days of the year from #BlackBookStores. @Oprah Magazine posted a nice map/guide for the U.S.
SORA Student and Britannica Tutorial
SORA Staff Tutorial
Want to access full text magazines? Check out this tutorial video where #DCPSatHOME students and teachers can access Time, Essence and Sports Illustrated Jr.!
Just sharing a rough draft of a mini-research project my students are working on. The students are learning how to use the database PebbleGo Next.
@NewsLitProject #Checkology lesson about ‘Conspiratorial Thinking!’ 💫The program is easy & flexible to use. I can engage students in meaningful conversations while infusing school/district mandated applications such as @nearpod & @MicrosoftTeams #tlchat @dcpsneedslibrarians
The Queen's Book Has Arrived! I've hear nothing but good things about this insightful book about our dear ancestor.
Just arrived in time for the weekend. Charles Blow's, 'The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto."
ICYMI - Check out his commentary on CBS Sunday Morning: Charles Blow on the Greatest Threat to our Democracy
I just saw her at #ALAMW21
She dropped so much wisdom and knowledge during her interview.
She reminded me so much of the women in my family, wise, resilent, bold and humorous.
I ordered her autobiography a few just days later.
She was a part of my childhood, one of the few black women on television/film.
She was regal, dignified and was our precious gem.
I celebrate her life and dedication to the black community and womanhood.
Proud to serve as a News Literacy Ambassador for this important and much needed organization that supports teaching #newsliteracy for middle and high school students. Yesterday I participated on the NewsLit Office Hours panel discussion with a group a dynamic librarians/media specialists. It was a great way to share how we use The News Lit Project in our own unique ways at our schools.
Sign up and become a member of NewsLitNation today!
"My Mothers Wildrest Dreams," written by John Light, Jr. celebrates the strength, determination and beauty of the women in his family. Light weaves an engaging story describing how throughout the generations, these mothers have deeply loved and influened their children. This influence is desmonstrated through their dreams, faith, soul food, song and mother wit.
The illustration on the first page sets the tone for the story: a young boy curiously looking at the family photos, holding a white rose and questioning who are the women depicted in each photo. As the story progresses, the reader is introduced to these illustrious women throughout each generation. The reader can see the love they have for their family. Illustrator Monica Mikai cleverly incorporates beautiful flowers on each page celebrating each woman's inner beauty. These flowers also symbolize the importance giving these women the respect they deserve while they are living.
This is a lovely picture book that students will enjoy during storytime or read independently. A must read and should be included in library collections.
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