Introduce your students to Diane and Blanca, two second-grade girls who find a creative way to overcome a language barrier in the picture book, No English. Activities in the 22-page teacher's guide include reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, poems, puzzles, Spanish games, and social studies and science extensions. The printable guide also has lessons on friendship, tattling versus telling, and making newcomers feel welcome, which are useful for both classroom teachers and counselors.
written by Jacqueline Jules illustrated by Amy Huntington
Every time someone speaks to Blanca, the new girl from Argentina, she shakes her head and says, "No English." Second grader Diane is not sympathetic at first. She is jealous because their teacher, Mrs. Bertram, allows Blanca to draw instead of doing class work. One misunderstanding follows another until Diane feels compelled to makes things right. But how can Diane apologize when they don't speak the same language? Told from the viewpoint of an American born child reaching out to a newcomer, No English sensitively portrays the diversity and reality of many American classrooms.