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Here are the links to my rationale, my online resources, and my professional readings all in one post.
This is a list of five professional readings that help teachers understand social isolation and the theme of being an outsider. There are a variety of readings included. Please refer to the annotations to learn more about each reading and why it was chosen for the survey.
Literacy: Reading and Teaching Texts as Resources for Identity Formation
This article examines the importance of reading as a way to shape the way we view ourselves and the world. This can be important for children who feel like outcasts because it is important to form a healthy identity. Literature can help do that by showing children people that they want to be like. This article is included in the survey because identity formation is an important part of childhood and adolescence. Teachers have the opportunity to help their students better understand themselves through literature. The books in this survey deal with characters who feel as if they do not fit in. Many children understand what that feels like.
Schachter, E. (2012). Literacy: Reading and Teaching Texts as Resources for Identity Formation. New York: Teachers College Record. (1-37)
Paying Attention to and Not Neglecting Social Withdrawal and Social Isolation
This article details the study of social interaction and social isolation in children. This is an important article for teachers because it can help them understand that children who are outsiders are not all the same. They have varying needs. This is an extensive text with a lot of information about the psychology of social interaction, but it can be a good resource for teachers to help them better understand the research that has gone into this field of study.
Rubin, K. Coplan, R. (2007)Appraising the Human Developmental Sciences:Essays in Honor of Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Paying Attention to and Not Neglecting Social Withdrawal and Social Isolation Wayne State University. (156-178)
Children’s Literature Review: Excerpts from Reviews, Criticism, & Commentary on Books for Children & Young People
This review lists over 600 authors and illustrators. The collection includes reviews, criticisms, information about the authors, and awards. This is a helpful resource for teachers because it condenses a lot of research that is necessary for choosing book children’s literature. Teachers can look at this review for information. This book is included in the survey because it can be a valuable resource for a teacher looking to create a bigger classroom library full of diverse books.
Burns, T. (2008) Children’s Literature Review: Excerpts from Reviews, Criticism, & Commentary on Books for Children & Young People. New York: Gale.
Teaching Religious Diversity through Children’s Literature
Religion is a big part of many children’s lives. The United States is becoming more and more diverse, and this means that more religions are represented in schools. This can be positive and negative. While it is great to have diversity in the classroom, children who practice a different religion than most of their peers may feel isolated and even unwelcome. This article explains how children’s literature can be a valuable tool for teaching students about the many different religions in the world. When children have a better understanding of something, they are often less fearful of it. The article was chosen because it not only shows teachers how they can discuss religion, it provides a list of good books to use.
Green, C and Oldendorf, S. (2005) Teaching Religious Diversity through Children’s Literature. Maryland: Association for Childhood International (209-212).
Awakening Social Consciousness: Homelessness in Children’s Literature
This article provides teaches with information on homelessness in America, as well as children’s book that deal with the subject of homelessness. There are many homeless people in our country, and it is quite possible that homeless children will be part of the classroom. Being homeless comes with a host of problems, one of which is being isolated at school. Homeless children often move around frequently, which makes it hard for them to make friends and become part of a group. This article highlights children’s literature that presents homelessness. By reading about this problem, it is possible that students can become more understanding about this issue. It can also help empower homeless students by showing them that they are valuable and cared about. This article was chosen for the survey because it can help teachers prepare children to be more accepting of homeless peers.
Herbeck, J. (2004) Awakening Social Consciousness: Homelessness in Children’s Literature. Book links (6-9).
This is a list of five online resources that relate in some way to the theme of being an outsider. Please read the annotations to learn more about each resource and why it was chosen.
Helping the Socially Isolated Child Make Friends
This article helps teachers understand how they can guide their students in friendship building. While some children seem to have more friends than they can count, others have a very hard time with social interaction. Being isolated from peers can lead to a multitude of problems. Teachers cannot always help every student, but they can at least become more aware of how to help their students. This article was included in the survey because social interaction is key to feeling a sense of belonging. Teachers can be more helpful if they have the necessary tools.
Lavoie, R. (2007)Helping the Socially Isolated Child Make Friends.New York: Simon & Schuster.
Harper Collins Publishing has a huge list of teaching resources that can be used in conjunction with their books. Activities and discussions are an important part of reading any kind of literature. When heavier themes are present, it becomes even more important to discuss and evaluate what is going on. This list provides teaching ideas for a wide variety of children’s books, so it goes beyond the theme of outcasts and isolation. teachers can chose to use the resources provided or use them to create their own activities. This resource was chosen because it can help teachers create meaningful activities that go along with literature.
Sesame Street: Kids Talk: Making Friends
This Youtube video shows children responding to the question: “How do you make friends?” Their simple answers definitely work for some children, but others need more than just a “hello” to make a friend. This video could world as a discussion starter on why some children get left out. According to these kids, making friends is very easy. But is it always easy for everyone? This video is just one minute long, but it can lead to deeper conversations about how children create groups.
2010 Census Interactive Population Map
This map allows users to explore the data collected during the 2010 US census. Each state provides information on their population. It is possible to see the ethnic and racial makeup of a state, as well as data on age, sex, and housing. It is also possible to compare different states. Teachers can use this tool to find out more about their states and the country. It can also be used in a classroom to spark discussion about different groups of people. Understanding diversity in many forms can help children be more open to making friends with children who have different experiences than them.
An Open Door to the Arab World
This website was designed for non-Arabs to learn more about Arab culture. Arab and Middle Eastern students face serious prejudice. A lot of anti-Middle Eastern sentiment comes from lies. Children hear that Muslims are terrorists, and they tend to believe it because they do not get any information telling otherwise. This website can help non-Arab teachers better understand this culture. When teachers are more educated, they can pass that knowledge on to students. This website was included in the summary because of the abundance of lies and hatred that is spread about Muslims. As a result, Muslims children are often ostracized in school, especially girls who wear hijabs. Knowing more about Muslim culture can help students be more accepting of their Muslim peers.
Whitaker, B. (2011) An Open Door to the Arab World.
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