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Read Across America in November!

Bring books to the classroom that celebrate and honor the culture and traditions of American Indians, Alaska Natives and First Nation Communities.

Read and share stories about the vital contributions Native people have made to the strength and diversity of our society, learn more about the unique challenges Native people have historically faced, and discover contemporary Native American society.

WILDBERRIES by Julie Flett (Simply Read Books, 2013)

Clarence delights in meeting an ant, a spider, and a fox while spending the day picking blueberries with his grandmother. In English and Swampy Cree.

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Broaden understanding of family traditions and help students appreciate diversity in your community with books and discussion. Read titles like Wild Berries by Julie Flett, Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino, and Family Pictures by Carmen Lomas Garza. Talk about how a tradition is something that a family does on a regular basis

For Older Readers

TALKING LEAVES by Joseph Bruchac (Dial, 2016)
Sequoyahng witchcraft. His son Uwohali overcomes this concern to reconnect with his father and discovers that Sequoyahthe Cherokee language.

Read, Discuss and Explore:

Uwohali comes to embrace the vision Sequoyah has for his peoplehemes of preserving identity and culture through both spoken and written language by asking them to research different world cultures and write about the ways language can both preserve and change culture and how culture shapes the spoken and written word.

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In the first decade of the 20th century, future professional football star Jim Thorpe and his Native American teammates overcame obstacles on and off the field and changed the game of football while attending Carlisle Indian Industrial School, a Pennsylvania assimilation boarding school.

Read, Discuss and Explore:

This book is a good stepping stone for opening up conversation about the premise that the shipping Native American children to boarding schools and stripping them of their cultural identities. Have students read and discuss these remarks of Carlisle Indian Industrial School founder and superintendent Richard Henry Pratt, a U.S. Army captain, who vowed to an Ask students to further research and discuss the development of the Indian Boarding School system and the outcomes and impact of this system on Native American families and communities.

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Additional Resources

Read Across America Featured Partner

First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis. Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders, and others serving children in need can sign up at

Edcommunities Groups

Collaborate with educators on this topic in the groups below.

Supporting Pre-Service Teachers
Welcome to Supporting Pre-Service Teachers! This group is for educators who work with and support pre-service teachers. Pre-Service and Early Career teachers will also benefit from joining this group. Mentors and cooperating teachers are strongly encouraged to join! Notes of encouragement, sharing of resources, good articles, and venting is welcome too. This group is solutions driven - the goal is to find realistic solutions to support our pre-service and cooperating teachers and address any concerns and questions that come up.

Illinois Education Matters
Illinois Education Matters is a network for all practitioners in education - IEA members and non-members. This effort is designed to serve as a repository for professional development, tools, resources, and information on grants, conferences / workshops, etc. Imagine this as your one stop for all connections. If you have joined our group, please message me - letting me know that you joined. I do not get any information telling me you joined. Our membership is so large, it takes me forever to go through and see our new members. Thanks for your help. You can also join other active groups on edCommunities. Several IEA members are facilitators for edCommunities. Check out and join their groups, if interested. Mary Ann Rivera - Illinois ESPs Mary Jane Morris - Illinois Education Matters IEA Jillian Huber - Integrating Reading and Writing 9th-12th Jim Grimes - Higher Education Amy Kappele - Early Childhood Development & Education

Secondary Literacy
Do you want to inspire your students to think critically, to analyze works, and to use their imaginations on a daily basis? Do you want to explore ways you can integrate reading into writing curricula and writing into reading curricula in your high school classroom? Join us at the Integrating Reading and Writing 9th-12th group to share, explore, and discuss ways for teachers of all content areas to link these two important life skills together in order to help students get the most out of themselves every day.

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