|Scooped by Chris Manning|
Whoever You Are is an excellent book to use for children in early stage 1 (ES1) to explore family origins, including country of origin, because it introduces a global perspective of children who live in different parts of the world (Fox, 1998). It is a beautifully illustrated picture book that depicts some of the differences between children around the world, such as their skin colour, the language they speak, the type of house they live in, the school they attend. The majority of the book then proceeds to highlight the similarities between children, their feelings of love, joy, laughter, and sadness. The teacher could adapt some of the activities on this site to be more age-appropriate.
The teacher can lead a discussion with the students asking them to explain what they see on the cover, what they think the story might be about, and to comment on the illustrations throughout the book.
Having the children sit in a circle, the teacher could then explain the importance of a symbol as a shape or sign that represents something. Students would then be asked to select symbols in the story like the globe. The teacher would then explain that a circle is an ancient symbol of unity.
The teacher and class would then make a list of similarities and differences based on questions answered by students on their own likes/dislikes (e.g. food), the type of house/apartment they live in, if they were born in Australia or another country, if their parents or grandparents were born in another country, if they speak another language other than English (Becky, 2012, para. 3). This will then tie back to demonstrating their own heritage and the heritage of others (CCES1).