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Opening students' eyes to the wonder of other worlds
WHEN I STARTED A FIFTH-GRADE BOOK GROUP LAST year, I did so in part to broaden my students' view of the world, to offer them windows into other lives and cultures. It would also be a place to share their own lives in an inclusive social setting. During the process, I found that a great way to get kids to open their minds is to give them something that will excite their senses.
It all began with the book I chose to start the program: Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher (S&S, 1998). I wanted a fast-paced story with enough substance to fuel discussions. As many of you know, this is a story about Shahrazad (Scheherazade), set in ancient Persia, and full of …