Blind Guide is a multi-layered story, the heart of which is found in Alice Confrey, a young girl with albinism. I wasn't aware that people with albinism often have an eye condition called nystagmus, which causes their eyes to flutter up and down a lot, resulting in difficulty seeing.
To start off the book challenge, we asked a local organization, VisionCorps, which works with blind and visually impaired children and adults in our area, to visit our school. They provided a safe place for our children explore the world of visual impairment and the tools people use to navigate the seeing world.
One of my students is visually impaired, although not from albinism. His vision issues are quite similar to those of Alice's, however. It was really beautiful to watch students gently ask to enter his world, so that through his explanations they could get a glimpse of what it felt like to see the world like he does.
I created the study guide for A Blind Guide to Stinkville for my students to use as they read and discussed the book in small groups. I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of "right there" kinds of questions, nor do I like to ask questions chapter by chapter. The questions in the study guide require students to think more deeply about ideas in the book, using the text to support their responses. For the most part, students are really enjoying the book!
....And now for the freebie!
Because I find my students talking about books so much, I decided to have them give book commercials this year, so that I wasn't the only person doing book talks. I've finally gotten around to putting it into my TpT store. Grab it and use it if you want!
Have a great rest of the week!