Transformational Texts: Using Children's Literature to Open Doors on Historical and Current Events

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Transformational Texts: Using Children's Literature to Open Doors on Historical and Current Events

Join Jinnie Spiegler, Libby Otto of the Anti-Defamation League, and Share My Lesson to understand how children's literature can play a powerful role in young children’s lives to learn, inspire and transform. The images and words convey a compelling story that can leave lasting impressions. In recent years, there’s been an explosion of children’s books that go beyond social and emotional learning.

Now Available on Demand. Original Air Date: March 25, 2020.
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Books for young children about historical topics like enslavement, the Holocaust, Japanese-American internment, voting rights, segregation and genocide present these subjects with both sensitivity and insight. When it comes to current event topics there are many excellent books about immigration and the refugee crisis, racial justice, transgender rights, marriage equality and activism among others. These books can be used to build empathy, kick off a social studies unit, provide the groundwork for both historical and literary analysis, and identify questions for further research.

Participants will:
● Explore the role that books play in young children’s lives and their ability to teach, inspire and transform.
● Learn about excellent children’s literature that explores historical events, current events and social justice topics.
● Explore developmental ages and stages as it relates to anti-bias concepts.
● Share their own experiences with using children’s literature and reflect on possible lessons or units around the children’s book(s) presented.

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Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

On Demand version is available in closed captioning in English and Spanish.

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Available in Spanish
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Reviews

March 2020
Tons of solid information and resources. I filled three pages of notes, great presentation and very efficient with time!
March 2020
Excellent presentation! Inspiring, thorough and engaging! Thank you!
March 2020
A lot of good information.
March 2020
So much information!!!! Great presentation! Thank you!!!!!
March 2020
There are a lot of great resources and they are explained.