Founders Grant in honor of Dougie Trumble and Heather Congdon Grant: Craving some Rebel Girls

  • School Year: 2018-2019
  • Applicants: Matthew Dicks, Lead Teacher
  • School: Wolcott
  • Subjects: Language Arts, Social Studies

This grant funds the purchase of books for Wolcott Elementary School. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2 by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo are children's book packed with 100 stories each about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. Each woman's story is written in the style of a fairy tale, making the story both entertaining and compelling. These stories are short, packed with information, and can serve as a remarkably inspirational jumping-off-point to further research. These books allow girls and children of color to see themselves more clearly in some of the nonfiction reading that we are doing, as well as allowing all students to see the greater diversity that comprises out word.The fifth-grade language arts and social studies curriculum is focused primarily on the Age of Exploration and colonial America, which are both fascinating and interesting times in American history, but the lack of diversity is a challenge to teachers as we study these times.

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