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Promoting Cultural Values Through Alphabet Books

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Promoting Cultural Values Through Alphabet Books

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Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

Diversity is celebrated in this lesson in which students embark on a cultural research project by first reading a variety of alphabet books about world cultures, including D is for Doufu: An Alphabet Book of Chinese Culture by Maywan Shen KrachThey then select a culture to study and work in groups to conduct research into the history and symbols of their selected culture. The unit includes tools for conducting primary interviews and other research techniques. The project culminates with each group writing and illustrating a cultural alphabet book based on their research. Groups share their work with the class and invited guests during a Diversity Celebration.

Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
2 ) Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. [RL.3.2]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.3.2- Identify the central message, lesson, or moral of a story; identify key details that support a central theme of a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
21 ) Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. [RF.3.4]

a. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. [RF.3.4a]

b. Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. [RF.3.4b]

c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary. [RF.3.4c]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.3.21- Read and comprehend a text of 100 words with or without pictures.
ELA.AAS.3.21a- Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
25 ) With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 22-24 above.) [W.3.4]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
28 ) Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic. [W.3.7]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.3.28- Ask and answer questions about a topic for a research project allowing the use of digital tools and/or differing forms of media.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
31 ) Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. [SL.3.1]

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion. [SL.3.1a]

b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.3.1b]

c. Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others. [SL.3.1c]

d. Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion. [SL.3.1d]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
28 ) Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. [W.4.7]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
43 ) Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation). [L.4.6]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 5
16 ) Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently. [RI.5.7]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 5
18 ) Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably. [RI.5.9]

Tags: alphabet books, Alphabet Organizer, cultures, D is for Doufu An Alphabet Book of Chinese Culture, diversity, illustrations, Maywan Shen Krach, research, symbols
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