|Overview/Summary: I read the book I Hate English (Levine). It is a story about a girl, Mei Mei, from China who moves to the United States. She despises using English. Her favorite times are at a community center in Chinatown until one day an ESL teacher shows up at the center to help her with English. Mei Mei continues to struggle with feeling like shes giving up a part of her identity throughout the book until the end, when she uses English with her teacher. We did a few BOTGs about the levels of frustration, the use of English by Mei Mei, the feeling of loneliness, etc. As a class, we plotted significant actions from the book that made the graph look the way it did. We talked about the purposes of learning Spanish and how some of the children experience similar feelings in Spanish class. We also talked about things they could do when they encounter a person who does not speak English. We considered feelings they might have in every day situations like at the bank, at a store, or at school.
|ST Concepts & Habits||Habits of a systems thinker
|Standards||Uncover own thoughts and biases about their own and other cultures|
|Analyze cross cultural points of view, products, and practices|
|Adjust own behavior to fit cultural context|
Implemented by: Laura Medberry, K-5 Spanish - Heights
Submitted by: Laura Medberry
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