Reading Without Walls

Explore the world through books and build empathy by reading about people who are different than you.

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I teach 5th grade in Southern California. One of my professional goals this year is to build empathy. Here's my Design Thinking challenge: How might we promote respectful interactions between students by creating opportunities to build social and emotional skills? I have been successful nurturing a classroom of strong readers. Since literature is a vehicle to get outside one's comfort zone, this seemed like a logical next step. 

This challenge comes from Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature.

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Hi Meg,

We have just a couple days left in Select. If you have any further materials you want to upload to support your video, please let me know! We'd love to have you flesh this out a bit further before!


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Emma - I uploaded a photo and a reading response from one of my students. Meg

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