WOW Stories Volume IX, Issue 2

WOW Stories: Volume IX, Issue 2
Global Literacy Communities: Connecting across Cultures to Build Understandings of Self and the World
Fall 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

Introduction and Editor’s Note
Kathy G. Short, Guest Editor

Section I: Vail Global Literacy Community

Developing a Literacy Curriculum with Global Literature
Prisca Martens and Ray Martens

Using Global Literature as Bridges to Understand Ourselves and Other Cultures
Lacey Elisea, Jane Metzger, and Cassandra Sutherland

The Hohokam People Project: Learning Through Windows and Mirrors in a Cross-Cultural Study
Meghann Kjolsrud

Sacred Stories as Windows and Mirrors: A Pre-Kindergarten Class Reflection
Jennifer Hook and Abbey Unes

A Global Literature Study of Identity and Kindness in Pre-Kindergarten and Preschool Classrooms
Kelsey Nowacki and Jessica Berry

Section II: TUSD Global Literacy Community

Exploration of Children’s Literature about Middle Eastern Nations and Islamic Culture
Junko Sakoi

It’s like we’re in the book, Miss! A Multimodal View of Self (and Others) through Connections, Color and a Cross-Cultural Lens
Nalda Y. Francisco and Kathryn Chavez

Young Children’s Cross-Cultural Studies with Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns
Chika Hayashi-Willis

Building Global Connections through Literature During Online Schooling
Julia Hillman

Global and International Literature for English Learners
Benjamin Kowalski

Developing Text Sets and Engagements Using Children’s Literature about Middle Eastern Nations and Islamic Cultures
Manal Tafish

Kathy G. Short, Guest Editor

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