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text 2018-03-16 16:29
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 285 pages.
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain - Phoebe Robinson,Jessica Williams

"To me, the concern over the state of black hair is so ingrained in society, so ingrained in black people's DNA that it, in some ways, defines who we, I'm using the black we here, are to people and subsequently to ourselves. Kind of like how there is Career Girl Barbie, Aerobics Instructor Barbie, and Army Medic Barbie, there is Professional Black Hair (straight uncooked linguine), Makes-Her-Own-Incense Black Hair (dreadlocks or twists), and Super-into-Malcolm-X Black Hair (Afros, duh), just to name a few. The point is that we are aware that how our hair is styled determines how we will be treated by others, and that treatment or mistreatment (for example, the word angry doesn't get hurled at me nearly as much when my hair is straight as when it's in an Afro) can affect our own opinions of ourselves. But this isn't always the case. Some black people haven't been lucky enough to be exposed to differing outside perspectives of black hair and as a result the loudest perspective—the one that says black hair = bad—is often what reigns supreme in their minds. We black girls are conditioned from a young age to treat our natural hair as a problem that needs to be remedied, that we need to have that "good hair," meaning hair that, in its natural state, is not difficult to comb through."


There's just so much to unpack in that paragraph... I can empathize with spending so much time thinking about, analyzing, and defending an attribute that it becomes part of your identity.

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review 2018-03-02 16:57
The Rabbits' Wedding
The Rabbits' Wedding - Garth Williams

I learned about this book when a friend and I were talking about Garth Williams. It is a very sweet book. Crazy to think it was banned because a black rabbit wants to marry a white rabbit (right up there with Sylvester and the Magic Pebble being banned because the cops are pigs)... life in the 1950s/60s must have been wild. 

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review 2018-02-27 00:56
Brothers in Hope
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan - Mary Williams,R. Gregory Christie

This story is about a boy named Garang who must leave Sudan after his village is attacked during a civil war. Garang and thousands of other boys find safety in a Kenyan refugee camp. Garang tells his story to a refugee worker who shares it with people in other countries. Brothers in Hope:The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan teaches students that everyone experiences challenges and they must continue to fight. My students would write a letter to one of the Lost Boys explaining what they admire about him and how his situation made them feel.


Reading Level: Lexile 670L


Grades: 2-4

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review 2018-02-26 23:07
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells

Charlotte's Web is a great tale of a pig and spider who has a remarkable friendship. I would do and activity on vocabulary is a spider web and connect them. In my elementary school experience, we were able to take a field trip to a farm and get to see the animals and learn about farm life. I would love to do tat with my future classroom if possible.


level: R

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text 2018-02-21 07:12
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
An Unlocked Mind - Parker Williams,K.C. Wells

”I’m not gay,” Rob blurted out, determined to get that out right away.

Another casual shrug. “So? Do you want a medal?” Vic replied.

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