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March 21, 2024 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

Using Culturally Relevant Bilingual Books to Develop Literacy Skills in Grades 3-8


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Using Culturally Relevant Bilingual Books to Develop Literacy Skills in Grades 3-8


March 21, 2024 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT






Grade Level Grades 3-8, Professional Development

About This Webinar

Join Lee & Low Books with a special appearance from author Xavier Garza, for an informative 2024 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference session on how to develop reading and writing skills in middle grades using culturally relevant books featuring bilingual English and Spanish texts.

Literacy Specialist, Michelle Fuentes will share different strategies on how to develop reading and writing skills in the middle grade classroom featuring bilingual English and Spanish texts. Michelle will provide resources on how to incorporate culturally relevant texts in the classroom.

Participants will come away with a better understanding of the power of using culturally relevant books to teach, inspire and transform young people, as well as ready-to-implement teaching strategies. "


PotterKatie Potter
Senior Literacy Manager, Lee & Low Books

Katie Potter (she/her) is the Senior Literacy Manager at Lee & Low Books. Katie writes and develops the rigorous teacher’s guides and educator resources found on the Lee & Low website. She also works with university professors and nonprofit organizations on incorporating diverse, multicultural literature into curriculum and syllabi.

FuentesMichelle Fuentes
Literacy Specialist, Lee & Low Books

Michelle Fuentes (she/her) is the Literacy Specialist at Lee & Low Books. Prior to Lee & Low, she taught for five years as the lead educator for English as a Second Language in Memphis and Atlanta serving grades 5-8. She brings her passion for equity, parent and family engagement, and English Language Learner best practices to Lee & Low Books. She creates student-centered educator resources and leads engaging professional development workshops.

GarzaXavier Garza

Xavier Garza (he/him) is a prolific and enthusiastic author, artist, and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City and is a lively documentation of the dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of South Texas. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. He has authored and illustrated fourteen books, and has received such prestigious awards as the Americas Honor Book Award in 2005, the Tejas Star Book Award three times from 2007-2010 and the Pura Belpré Honor Book award in 2012. In 2014 he was awarded both the NAACS Tejas Young Adult Book Award and the Texas Institute of Letters Children's Book Award. In 2019 Xavier Garza will be inducted into the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters. Garza lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Irma and their teen son Vincent.

Professional Credit

Share My Lesson webinars are 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.

In addition, Share My Lesson has arrangements in place as follows:



Using Culturally Relevant Bilingual Books Presentation with Xavier Garza_Final.pdf

March 21, 2024
8.93 MB
Meet Author Xavier Garza and Get Teaching Ideas!
Remote video URL


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