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Importance of Inclusive Literature in the Classroom

Happy May and Introductory Poem!


This week we are going to be focusing about our understanding of those with disabilities and special needs. To gain some knowledge and open up conversation about this topic I have a list of high quality critical literature to break down some misconceptions about those who are "different" than other children. If you have any questions about our activities this week or want supplemental information about this topic come find me before or after school. Have a great week!


Ms. Smith

"Kids Who Are Different"

Here’s to kids who are different,
Kids who don’t always get A's,
Kids who have ears
Twice the size of their peers,
And noses that go on for days.

Here’s to the kids who are different,
Kids they call crazy or dumb,
Kids who don’t fit,
With the guts and the grit,
Who dance to a different drum.

Here’s to the kids who are different,
Kids with a mischievous streak,
For when they have grown,
As history has shown,
It’s their difference that makes them unique.

Author: Digby Wolfe

Critical literature and why we need characters with disabilities!

--------Literature for children and young adults is written for many different reasons. It is written purely to entertain, to help children and young adults understand the world they live in, or to help cope with problems they face. It can also be written to be classified as critical literature which introduce new places, ideas, or situations to its readers, or to portray characters with whom readers can relate to better understand themselves. Children’s and young adult books that portray characters with disabilities are important tools for helping all readers learn about, understand, and relate to people with disabilities. Literature provides the necessary perspectives for children and young adults with disabilities to see themselves differently, more positively, because all children want to be able to see themselves in literature.

--------Literature portraying characters with disabilities can support the development of personal power by portraying these characters as strong and believable and can assist children and young adults with disabilities in developing self-esteem and sense of purpose. When a child is exposed to books that portray characters with disabilities, they can learn about their own feelings towards their peers with disabilities, reflect on similarities between themselves and the character with the disability, and become aware of the everyday life of a child with a disability. With this they can learn to understand the challenges their peers with disabilities face every day.

Books we are reading this week!

  • The Pirate of Kindergarden
  • Ellie Bean the Drama Queen!
  • In Jesse's Shoes
  • Looking out for Sarah
  • Rules
  • Russell's World
  • Eric!...the Hero?

Wednesday Night Mash Up!

Wednesday, May 6th, 6:30pm

My classroom!

Come by my classroom Wednesday night for free pizza and salad at our student ran Empathy Dinner where each student and their parents will be assigned a disability to have throughout dinner. For example, blindfolds to cover your eyes or strings to tie your dominant arm to your side. Although this is not nearly close enough to having the true disability, it is a fun way to attempt living with one. Afterwards, students can read the poems they created about those who have special needs or a disability.

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