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.