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Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

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Picture Book Lesson Plan

GUIDED ANTI-BIAS/ANTI-RACIST READING | GRADES K+

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INTRODUCTION

This lesson is a guided reading experience designed to accompany Yuyi Morales’s picture book, Dreamers. Lesson content was curated by Noah Simpson as part of his work in the Social Justice in K-12 Education course at Portland State University and was designed as an immersive reading and listening experience to ignite radical imagination around race and identity.


We imagine many ways to read and enjoy the book and playlist pairing:

  • First, read the book. Then, listen to the playlist while drawing or reflective writing together.

  • On the day that you will be reading the book, start the day out listening to the playlist. Later in the day, read the book together.

  • There is no wrong way to pair these resources. Connections can be explicitly made or the two resources can simply exist and resonate in the space together.

  • You may want to focus on one song in the playlist. Listen actively together. Then, ask your kiddo or student how the music makes them feel and what it makes them think about.


YOUTUBE READ ALOUD

Dreamers (read by author Yuyi Morales)


SUMMARY

Yuri Morales' book Dreamers has a lush landscape and an important narrative about being in a new place, immigration, and the way library's can provide space for learning, safety, and imagination.


OBJECTIVES

This open-ended invitation to read and listen is designed to be part of a larger life-long commitment to anti-racist teaching and learning for the student and the facilitator. Reading Is Resistance sees reading as an opportunity to seed deeper conversations and opportunities for action around racial equity in our communities. We hold the belief that being anti-racist is a process of learning (and unlearning) over time.


PLAYLIST CURATED BY NOAH SIMPSON

Listen to the Dreamers playlist on YouTube or Spotify.


Song 1: Flutter and Flight (in Five Countries) by Neil Yates

Song 2: One for Antonio by Antonio Sanchez

Song 3: Leaving Paris by Tigran Hamasyan

Song 4: Mother Where Are You by Tigram Hamasyan

Song 5: Black, Brown, and Beige by Duke Ellington

Song 6: (What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue by Louis Armstrong

Song 7: Fables of Faubus by Charles Mingus

Song 8: They Can’t Take That Away from Me by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Song 9: Freedom Is in the Trying by Wynton Marsalis


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