Grades 2–4
1-2 Sessions, 60 Minutes Each

Representation, Self-Advocacy, & Marley Dias

Ashley Houston-King, 826 Digital Educator Leader

Ashley HoustonKing is a Ph.D. student at Boston University studying Language and Literacy in Education.  Her research interests include studying the intersections of identities, race, and Blackness in education.  As a former elementary teacher and reading specialist, she is interested in studying in-and-out-of-school humanizing literacy spaces to better understand how youth navigate injustice systems and work towards collective liberation.

What Your Students Will Learn

Students will identify key details in reading to apply while writing an informational text.

Common Core Standards
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
What Your Students Will Produce

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