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Expanding Diversity in Middle School Literature

I recall the first time I encountered my own identity reflected in a reading assigned for class. It was Annie Proulx’s famous short story about two cowboys who fall in love. After reading the story, I felt apprehensive about the next day’s class...

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Mirrors and Windows: Diversity and Inclusion in Children's Literature

The books students are exposed to during childhood are powerful tools for representation that can serve as both “mirrors and windows.” A book is a “mirror” when it reflects a student’s own culture/identity. A book is also a “window” into the...

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John Steinbeck and Diego Rivera: Making Connections Between Art and Literature

This spring, International Middle School English teachers Brian Johnson and Heidi Smith, and art teachers Aïcha Idelcadi and Haiying Yang collaborated on a project that challenged students to analyze the connections between art and literature...

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