The Colors of Us: Embracing Who We Are
In this course, we will read a story titled, "The Colors of Us" by Karen Katz. This story celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people. After reading the story, we will create a self-portrait that represents us.
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Students will listen to a read-aloud of the story titled, "The Colors of Us." Throughout the story, we will discuss the different shades of people and how their shades resemble different types of food. Students will be provided with visual picture cards and examples to aid in understanding; these will be displayed on slides. We will also engage in discussions throughout the lesson so that students are able to make connections as well as collaborate with others. We will wrap up our lesson by...
Students will actively engage in a group reading activity with purpose and understanding. Students will learn that we should embrace all people no matter the shade of their skin. Students will also learn to celebrate the differences and similarities that connect us all.
It is important to embrace who we are and truly understand that the shade of our skin should not interfere with the goals that we want to accomplish in life. We should embrace the individual traits that make us. I have been an educator for over 10 years. I have worked with preschool-aged students up to college-level students. For the past 9 years, I have worked at Title I schools where economically disadvantaged students make up over 80% of the population. Students of color represent over 80% of the population. Due to the diversity on these campuses, we have had to instill in our students to embrace who we are no matter the color or shade of our skin. We have taught our students to embrace all cultures and backgrounds. Additionally, I am a mentor for the Dynamic Dreamers, an organization that I co-founded to help build the self-esteem of young ladies. In my organization, 100% of the ladies that I work with are young ladies of color. We have taught these young ladies that the possibilities of what they can do are endless. We have also taught these ladies to embrace who they are and to not let anything come in the way of them accomplishing their dreams. As an administrator at a middle school campus, I am able to reach students on a bigger platform. I work daily to improve the culture and climate on our campus by teaching students to embrace their similarities and differences; we accept people for who they are and we work together as one. I meet with students daily and encourage them to learn themselves and love themselves for who they are and for who they may become.
Learners will be completing their self-project individually and will be given enough time in class to do so. If students do not finish their self-portraits in the allotted time frame, they can complete them outside of class and share their finished masterpieces by email.
1 file available upon enrollment*Crayons (Multicultural Crayons by Crayola may work best, but they are NOT required) OR Markers OR Colored Pencils *A pencil with an eraser *Self-Portrait Template OR A few sheets of plain, white paper or manila paper *Any other materials found around the home that you may want to add to your self-portrait
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will be assessed informally through discussion and their end product (food comparison and self-portrait).
40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Although we will discuss the different shades of skin color, we will NOT discuss the issue of racism. This is a course geared toward celebrating diversity and embracing who we are as individuals.
"The Colors of Us" by Karen Katz
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Greetings! My name is Brittany Mathis. Students around the world call me Teacher Brittany. I am a wife, a mother, an online educator, and an Assistant Principal at a middle school. I truly enjoy education. Teaching is my passion and my goal is to...