The Day You Begin

Summary: Everyone feels they don’t belong sometimes. Maybe you look different from other children in your class. Maybe you like different games or food. Maybe you come from a different country and no one seems just like you. It’s sometimes hard, but it’s also an opportunity to learn about yourself and to teach others about your world. You just have to begin.

Author: Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She has won over a dozen literary prizes including the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor. Her books include another WITS Pick, Each Kindness.

Illustrator: Rafael López is an internationally recognized illustrator and artist. The illustrations created by López bring diverse characters to children’s books and he is driven to produce and promote books that reflect and honor the lives of all young people. He is the recipient of the 2017 Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award, three Pura Belpré honors and two Américas Book Awards.

Intermediate Grades 4 to 6.

Connection to WITS LEADS Program: Talk it Out. Look and Listen. Explore Points of View. Act. Practice skills about accepting yourself and others.  Understand the meaning and importance of diversity and inclusion.  The WITS’ vision is to create welcoming caring, respectful communities where all children, parents and teachers feel safe and belong. Ending victimization for all students makes this possible.

Connections to Language Arts and Personal Development:  Metaphors! Exchanging Ideas, Information and Experiences; Generating and Developing Ideas, Relationships and Cultural Contexts; Recognizing Personal Values and Choices, Personal Strengths and Abilities: Developing Self-determination and Well-being; Valuing Diversity, Building Relationships.

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WITS Lesson Plan (PDF)