One Green Apple is the story of Farah, a Muslim immigrant who has recently arrived in America. The book begins with Farah describing her experience so far, “This is my second day in the new school, in the new country…” Farah and her new classmates are heading on a field trip to an apple orchard.
Farah feels lonely in her new school. She doesn’t speak English and dresses differently from the other students’; in addition to her jeans and T-shirt she wears a dupatta, a traditional headscarf. The other children are suspicious of her when they hear that she is a Muslim from a Middle Eastern country. The day’s activities at the apple orchard include a hay ride and making apple cider. Each student is encouraged to add one apple to the apple cider; one by one each student tosses in red apples.
When Farah’s turn comes she offers green, completely different from the others but, when added to the cider, it creates a cider that is still crisp and sweet. This book is great to teach students from grades K-5, that it’s ok to be different. It can also teach students about other cultures, it is also a great way to teach students about immigration. DEVELOPING AWARENESS:
This book can kick off a discussion on how people can form snap judgments based on appearance. A teacher can start by using a K-W-L chart and having students’ to look at the cover of the book to make connections and predictions about the book. After reading book have a discussion with the class, using a discussion sheet that included the following questions:
1. Who was Farah?2. Why are other children suspicious of her?3. What makes her different?4. Why do the other children dislike her?5. Where did these children learn to be suspicious? Where might racial stereotypes come from? 6. What visual cues identify here as different from the other children? 7. What is the first thing you noticed?
When discussing sensitive topics such as racism and racial and cultural stereotypes I’ve found that it’s extremely important to have a good rapport with students, remain conscious of such stereotypes within the classroom and the maturity level of students.Talking about immigrants and racism in a society may be a difficult topic for children to understand and discuss.
One Green Apple may assist children in putting themselves in immigrant and minority children’s shoes and discussing how they feel and think about those children. This book can teach students to appreciate how each unique person brings flavor to a group, teaches students’ awareness of the hardships of adjusting to a new culture and prompt students to reflect on ways to assist others when they are struggling to learn something new. WEB LINK
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