California Educator

October/November 2019

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A N E W S C H O O L Y E A R means a new set of teacher- recommended books for CTA's #CaliforniaReads ( Selected books for all grade levels support teachers' literacy efforts (studies find that students who are not modestly skilled readers by the end of third grade are unlikely to graduate from high school). Highlights: In Save Me a Seat, by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan (grades 6-8), Joe and Ravi couldn't be more different. Joe has lived in New Jersey his whole life. Sad because his best friends recently moved away, he keeps to himself. Ravi just arrived from India and is eager to make new friends. Both come together when the school bully makes their lives miserable. The book offers lessons about bullying, friendship, family and fitting in. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, a son of migrant workers who lives in Fresno, is the author of imagine (grades 1-2), a poem that uses his life experience to breathe magic into the hopes and dreams of all children searching for their place in life. Illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Internment, by Samira Ahmed (grades 9-12), tells a dystopian tale set in the near-future United States, when 17-year- old Layla and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim Ameri- cans. With help from others, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom. What Is the Meaning of Sacrifice? H E L P S T U D E N T S understand the significance of Veterans Day (Nov. 11), when we honor those who served and are serving in the U.S. military, and the meaning of sacrifice. PBS offers a lesson plan for educators that includes an interactive timeline of military his- tory and studies issues facing veterans today ( veterans-day). NEA also has lesson plans and activities for all grade levels ( veterans-day-activities-intro.html). CTA Scholarships & Grants CTA can help further your or your dependent's education with its scholarship programs, provide grants for school projects, and give recognition to your artistic students with awards. Learn more on page 52 and apply at California Reads For our full listings, go to Related lesson plans and classroom activities at 8 In the Know CALENDAR October/ November 2019

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