Abstract 7, Volume 8, Number 2, Summer 2013

Notable Trade Book

I Am Different!: Can You Find Me?

Holly Hilboldt Swain, Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, and Dennis W. Sunal

University of Alabama

Abstract

Using I Am Different!: Can You Find Me? allows students to explore multiple languages and cultures as they peruse the text to find similarities and differences in the illustrations and languages presented.  This lesson introduces various cultural concepts while concentrating on linguistic differences, allowing students to think critically as they examine their own language, as well as others.  Students create a class video after they explore the content of the trade book and related resources and teach their classmates about different languages. Students will expand their learning and apply critical thinking as they note similarities and differences in many ways, including the differences in the languages discussed within the text.

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