WOW Stories Volume IX Issue 1

WOW Stories: Volume IX, Issue 1
Inquiry and Global Literature Across Knowledge Systems
Spring 2021

WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom is a regular on-line publication of WOW containing vignettes written by classroom educators about children’s experiences reading and responding to literature in the classroom setting.

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Table of Contents

Tracy L. Smiles, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

Cosmopolitan Explorations of Culture Through an Intentionally Curated Text Set
Jenna M. Lopez

Inquiring about Language through Dual Language Picturebooks: A Case Study
Dorea Kleker, Kathy G. Short, and Nicola Daly

Paychecks, Bills, and… ‘Zines? Exploring Financial Literacy and Systemic Poverty with Eighth Graders
Antonia Moore

Using Math to Better Comprehend Picturebooks
Mary L. Fahrenbruck and Leanna Lucero

Embedded Classrooms, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, and Growing Early Childhood Literacy Educators
Julia López-Robertson, Jennifer D. Morrison, India Grady, Joan Morgan, and DeAnna Savage

Tracy L. Smiles, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
Mary L. Fahrenbruck, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Review Board:
Mary Starrs Armstrong, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
Deanna Day-Wiff, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
Jeanne Fain, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
Lauren Freedman, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Andrea García, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Dorea Kleker, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Julia López-Robertson, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Judi Moreillon, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Monique Storie, University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam
Melissa B. Wilson, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

Production Editor:
Aika Adamson, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Authors retain copyright over the vignettes published in this journal and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under the following Creative Commons License:

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WOW stories: connections from the classroom
ISSN 2577-0551

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