Book Title: I Can Dance, Too! Author: Victoria C. Ames and Lynette Toma
Illustrator: Colleen Fisher Recommended Age/Grade: 1st-2nd
Book Summary: Mia is a young girl who wears hearing aids to hear. She joins a dance class where no one is accepting of her hearing loss and her fellow dancers do not believe she can dance if she cannot hear or by using a hearing aid. She bravely shows the class how her hearing aid helps her hear and feel the music. Despite her difference they see she can dance too and they all dance together.
Special Points or Highlights from/about the book noting how it can be utilized:
The book targets social pragmatic issues, ways to improve self-esteem, self-reliance, and for motivational usage. The book presents grammatical markers used in commas, quotations, and conjunctions, progressive –ings, contractions (can’t), action verbs, sequential order, and vocabulary on music, dance, and hearing aids.
Video Elapsed Time for Strategies:
• Pre-story Discussion Shared Reading:
Describing the cover: 00:20-1:15
Taking a picture walk: 1:20-3:01
Priming semantic concepts: dancer, hearing aid, leotard, tights, leap, turn, point toes, music symbols, ballet, different, birds chirping, airplanes flying. 1:00-3:01, 4:40-4:50, 6:04-6:30.
• Print Reference: What is happening in the picture? 3:18-3:40
• Cloze Procedures: Mia has hearing aids to help her (hear) 5:12-5:18
Why did the little boy say Mia could not dance with the hearing aids in her ear? (he never saw them before, different) 5:20-5:39
• Binary Choice: Did Mia show she could dance with her hearing aids in her ears or did Mia show she could play the piano with her hearing aids in her ears? (dance) 5:48-6:01
• Modeling: What did Mia say after moving to music? (dance) Correct, after moving to the music, Mia said she could dance. 6:32-6:48
• Comprehension Question/Discussion:
How is Mia different from other dancers? (she has hearing aids for hearing) 7:01-7:06
Does having hearing aids mean Mia could not dance? (no) 7:07-7:12
How do we know Mia can dance? What did she show us and the dancers? (that she can leap, turn, point toes) 7:13-7:21