YPG Cares: Volunteer for Behind the Book

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behindthebookAvailable Volunteer Slots: October-December 2015

Behind to Book has requested the help of YPG Cares volunteers to assist in their innovative literacy programs, through which they inspire K-12 low-income, under-served NYC public school students to love reading by bringing accomplished authors and their books into classrooms through a series of workshops in which authors explore a genre of writing and guide students in the creation and publication of their own original work, and thereby foster a lifelong love of reading, writing, and learning.

Please email volunteer@behindthebook.org and heather.luciano@palgrave-usa.com with the program code(s) and date(s) you’d like to volunteer. Click on the author’s name and book title for more information. More new programs to come!


Program 154ERC10

Author: Edie & Raul Colon

Book: Good-Bye, Havana! Hola, New York!

School: PS 154, Harlem

Fourth graders studying Edie’s story about coming here from Cuba as a child will learn about the differences in cultures, but also about what we all have in common. Their focus is on developing interviewing, writing, and editing skills. The students will interview a panel of people who have immigrated to this country. The outcome will be six realistic short fiction stories, written and illustrated by the students to create a book.

Art Assistants: Tuesday, November 10th – 9:00 -10:00 AM

Art Assistants: Friday, November 20th – 9:00 -10:00 AM


Program 154BF11

Author: Brian Floca

Book: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

School: PS 154, Harlem

Brian will lead the 4th grade class in a study of space travel. Students will research and write about different space flights, and the astronauts’ missions and jobs. They’ll also write about being on their

own mission to a planet with life forms similar to human beings. What gifts they would bring to represent their planet?

Research Coaches: Tuesday, November 24th – 9:00 – 10:30 AM


Program 98DR11

Author: Doreen Rappaport

Books: No More! Stories andSongs of Slave Resistance & Escape from Slavery

School: PS 98, Inwood

A Special Education class of 5th grade students will read two books by Doreen, then write and illustrate biographies of well-known people from the era they’re learning about. The focus is on honing research skills and creating written biographies. Students will learn how to conduct research, prioritize and organize the information, and put it in essay form, as well as proofread and edit their work.

Research Coaches: Monday, November 23rd – 9:00 -10:30 AM
Writing Coaches: Monday, December 14th – 9:00 -10:30 AM
Art Assistants: Monday, December 21st – 9:00 -10:30 AM

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