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Learn about The Story of a Pumpkin,
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Birkha Rai serves as a model for a Nepali folktale illustration with a tool to blend lentils. Al Audet,  Connections at Second Start, Concord Ambika Sharma shows how to wrap a sari. Derry teachers Kathy Mercer and Dina Kotlyarenko with students at the Humanities Council's Evening with Katherine Paterson.

Connections is a book discussion program offered in partnership with adult basic education and ESOL classes, the prisons, and refugee resettlement organizations. Participants are both native speakers and new Americans. The program uses the best of children’s literature and NHHC-trained facilitators to promote English language skills, promote a culture of reading, nurture conversation in which readers contribute their own ideas and stories, and reinforce family literacy.  From our thematic reading lists teachers can select  books and themes that enhance the curriculum and connect to learners’ goals and interests. Participants keep copies of their books to read again and share with their families.


Discussion Guides

Dreaming Again Discussion Guide

On the Wings of Heroes, a novel by Richard Peck - Picturing America's Stories, Connections theme

Evaluation Forms

Connections Teacher Evaluation Form

Connections Facilitator Evaluation Form

Connections Participant Evaluation Form

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