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ERIC Number: ED408026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 4
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Kids to Kids International: By Creating Picture Books Your Students Can Communicate with Children from Different Cultures.
Leavitt, Monita
Journal of The New England League of Middle Schools, p40-42 Fall 1996
This article describes the implementation of the Kids to Kids International (KTKI) program, a student-created picture book program that gives children an opportunity to learn about and understand each other. At the Rochambeau Middle School in Connecticut, KTKI has become part of the integrated language arts program, a Writers Club, an enrichment class, and Spanish classes. The benefits of KTKI include encouraging students to think beyond their own world and become interested in learning about others, enhancement of self-esteem, and becoming change agents. In implementing KTKI, teachers talk to their students about who will be receiving and reading the books they create. Students decide which countries they would like to send books to and do some research on that country. Other decisions to be made include deciding whether students will work individually, with a partner, or in a group, and whether older students will assist younger ones. Students are guided to avoid insensitive or inappropriate themes for books sent to refugees from civil war or victims of violence. Writing begins with a brainstorming session to discuss ideas for inclusion. When students have developed a web of topics, they select one topic for their focus. The writing process approach includes prewriting, the rough draft, editing, revising and editing, and developing the final draft. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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