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Expanding adolescents’ worldview with young adult literature

This presentation includes the slides from #TheEdCollabGathering session given by Donalyn Miller and Travis Crowder on April 8, 2017.

This presentation includes the slides from #TheEdCollabGathering session given by Donalyn Miller and Travis Crowder on April 8, 2017.

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  1. 1. #TheEdCollabGathering Donalyn Miller Travis Crowder Expanding Adolescents’ Worldview With Young Adult Literature
  2. 2. www.bookwhisperer.com www.slideshare.net/donalynm @donalynbooks www.nerdybookclub.com
  3. 3. www.teacherman2016.wordpress.com @teachermantrav
  4. 4. Physical Access
  5. 5. . Books in the home are as important as parents’ educational level in determining level of education children will attain. –Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, June 2010
  6. 6. “Giving kids access to books may be one of the most overlooked solutions to helping ensure kids attend school with the tools they need to succeed.” “Where Books Are All But Nonexistent” —The Atlantic, July 14, 2016
  7. 7. How can we guarantee that all of our children have physical access to books 365 days a year?
  8. 8. Intellectual and Cultural Access
  9. 9. CCSS (2010) Students come to understand other perspectives and cultures. Students actively seek to understand other perspectives and cultures through reading and listening, and they are able to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds. They evaluate other points of view critically and constructively. Through reading great classic and contemporary works of literature representative of a variety of periods, cultures, and worldviews, students can vicariously inhabit worlds and have experiences much different than their own.
  10. 10. “No matter where they live or what type of school they attend, students will interact daily with people with different perspectives whose ‘positionality’ (eg. their life circumstances and personal experiences) inform their worldview in profoundly different ways (Takacs, 2003).” -The Worldview Literacy Project: Exploring New Capacities for the 21st Century Student (2011)
  11. 11. Sample Questions for Exploration (Worldview Literacy Project, 2011) How do you know what you know? Where do beliefs come from? How can our beliefs limited us? How can our beliefs enliven us? How is it helpful to consider multiple perspectives? How do we know when something is true? Why do people stereotype? What does it mean to participate in a community? How do our relationships helps us to see ourselves and the world in new ways?
  12. 12. Diversity
  13. 13. #WNDB weneeddiversebooks.org
  14. 14. Rudine Sims-Bishop, 1990 Mirrors Windows Sliding-Glass Doors Books can be…
  15. 15. “Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror.” -Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop
  16. 16. Mentor Texts
  17. 17. The Lasting Impact of Mispronouncing Students’ Names -NEA Today, September 1, 2016 Mispronouncing students’ names shows a disregard for students and culture.
  18. 18. Photograph by Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times, November 16, 2015 Pulitzer for Coverage of Refugee Crisis
  19. 19. Translations
  20. 20. “The goal should be to make books from elsewhere seem less about ‘foreignness’ and more about the adventure of seeking experiences beyond the bounds of the part of the world we already know.” -Leonard Marcus “Outlandish: Braving New Perspectives Through Books in Translation” School Library Journal, March 31, 2017
  21. 21. USBBY/IBBY http://bit.ly/2nMTg8y
  22. 22. The Batchelder Award http://bit.ly/2pbTQOa
  23. 23. “Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” --Malorie Blackman

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