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Book Talk - PICTURE BOOK Name: Jason Crews

EDU 230 Date: April 4, 2005

Select a children's PICTURE BOOK that promotes discussion of multicultural issues. Use the book lists
from class, or check with the instructor to make sure your choice fits the assignment. Give a short oral
presentation to the class covering the items below.

____ (5 pts.) The book selection is of high quality and promotes an understanding of multiculturalism.

____ (8 pts.) This form is complete, neat, error-free, in own words, prints out as one page per book (2
pages total), and has brought enough copies to share with the rest of the class.
Book Title: The Day of Ahmed’s Secret
Author: Florence Parry Heide and Judith Geide Gilliand Illustrator: Ted Lewin
Publication Year: 1990 Publisher: Mulberry Paperback Books.
Reading Level (check): _√__Primary ____Intermediate ____Young Adult
Interest Level (check): _√__Primary ____Intermediate ____Young Adult

____ (5 pts.) Brief summary of the story:

Ahmed is a young Butagaz boy. Every day he delivers butane tanks to people in his town to help make
money for his family. On this day, however, Ahmed has a secret. A secret he is very proud of and is very
excited to tell his family. His thoughts are revealed as he goes throughout his day and give us an insight
into his couture and his family’s proud heritage. His secret is one that he must share with his family
because no one in his family shares his secrete; today Ahmed learned to write his name.

____ (5 pts.) Your Favorite Passage (include page #) & your Personal Connections to the book [during the
oral presentation, read this passage aloud]:

My favorite passage was on the last page of the book. “I write my name over and over as they watched,
and I think of my name now lasting longer than the sound of it, maybe even lasting, like the old buildings
in the city, a thousand years.” I was amazed how a child could appreciate something so much that we
take for granted.

____ (5 pts.) List 3 discussion questions and 1 learning activity that relates to the book that the teacher
could use to promote a multicultural perspective in students.

1) What was Ahmed’s secret? Why as that secret so important to him?


2) What did Ahmed do all day long? What would you be doing while he is working? Why can’t he do
the same things?
3) Ahmed had to work all day long. How did that make Ahmed feel? How would you feel if you had to
do his job all day long?

Activity:

____ (28 pts.) SUBTOTAL (over)


Book Talk - CHAPTER BOOK Name: Julie Garner (instructor sample)
EDU 230 Date: March 1, 2005

Select a children's CHAPTER BOOK that promotes discussion of multicultural issues. Use the book
lists from class, or check with the instructor to make sure your choice fits the assignment. Give a short
oral presentation to the class covering the items below.

____ (5 pts.) The book selection is of high quality and promotes an understanding of multiculturalism.

____ (8 pts.) This form is complete, neat, error-free, in own words, prints out as one page per book (2
pages total), and has brought enough copies to share with the rest of the class.
Book Title: The Hundred Dresses
Author: Ekebir Estes # of Pages: 80
Publication Year: 1944 Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
Reading Level (check): ____Primary _√_Intermediate ____Young Adult
Interest Level (check): _√__Primary _√__Intermediate ____Young Adult

____ (5 pts.) Brief summary of the story:

Wanda Petronski was a poor polish imagrant girl who wore the same dress to school every day. Every
day on the way to school the other children in her class would make fun of her and tease her about only
having one dress to were. Every day Wanda would tell the other children in her class she had 100
dresses all in her closet, but she couldn’t were them to school, yet every day the children contined to tease
her until her family decided to move to the city to escape the taunting. It’ s only after they leave that
some of the children in her class realize what they have done.

____ (5 pts.) Your Favorite Passage (include page #) & your Personal Connections to the book [during the
oral presentation, read this passage aloud]:

Page 63: “She was never going to stand by and say nothing again.” I was impressed that a child so
young could come to such an important conclusion on her own.

____ (5 pts.) List 3 discussion questions and 1 learning activity that relates to the book that the eacher
could use to promote a multicultural perspective in students.
1) “What opinion at the beginning of the book of did (Grayson, Amanda, McNab, Hester & Lester, Mars
Bar, etc.) have of Maniac Magee? Did s/he overcome some prejudices once s/he got to know Maniac
better?”
2) “Some strangers were very kind to Maniac Magee. If you had never met Maniac, and he showed up
at your house, would you invite him in to eat dinner and offer him a bed to sleep in? Why?”
3) “Someone painted unkind words Amanda’s front door. If you saw graffiti in your neighborhood with
hateful phrases, what would you do about it?”

Activity: Maniac was good at some very odd types of things. Have the students list the things they are
good at - even some odd things. Share aloud 1-2 skills aloud that each student has. You may even have a
day where students teach a mini-lesson on one of the skills they have.

____ (28 pts.) SUBTOTAL


____ (56 pts.) TOTAL from both sides

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