“Tell Me More”

“Tell Me More”

I have the great fortune to spend this year with New Hampshire Humanities. We’re working on a reading and writing project with  English learners.  The project is A Year of New Voices,  

In the Year of New Voices, professional writers meet English learners in Connections book discussion programs. Selected students will have an opportunity to work with the writer, read samples of each other’s work, look for ideas that each have as a thread through their writing. Then English learners, alongside professional writers, will read their poems, stories, and memoirs in “New Voices” readings in New Hampshire communities.

To support the writers,  we created a handbook, “Tell Me More” on Encouraging and Developing the Voices of English Learners.

The collage is by Linda Graham who allowed us to use her art on the cover and inside.  ESL educators and professional writers joined forces to write prompts, poems, and essays on the value of what bilingual writers bring to English.  The full handbook is available for English learners everywhere and their teachers.  You can download and printout. “Tell Me More” is here.

“Scent of Geranium”

I just found this animated story by Naghmeh Farzaneh who came from Iran to study in the U.S.  Naghmeh struggles so much with the English language and the life but she remembers one thing her mother told her and it helps. This is called, “Scent of  Geranium.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/video/shorts/beautiful-animation-shows-what-its-like-to-be-homesick-in-a-new-country/

“Scent of Geranium” was  selected by National Geographic for their Short Film Showcase, “storytelling to change the world.”

 

Stories of the mystery of immigrant lives

With our country’s continuing need for stories on families who are arriving in the U.S. for refuge,  Book Riot reviewer, Kelly Jensen, offers this new reading list, YA Books about Immigration.   Included here are many new voices to YA literature.  Since I’ve been working so much in U.S. classrooms with students and teachers who are reading my books,  I was especially interested in a journalistic account,  The Newcomers, Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom.  The New York Times reviewer described The Newcomers, written by an Irish American who came when she was one-year old,  as a “delicate and heartbreaking mystery story.”