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Keeping In Touch, Volume 21

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Greetings Tutors! This edition is focused on two of October’s events: Columbus Day and Fire Safety. 

Frequently, many materials designed for students about Columbus relate to the typical story that most of us have learned in school. They typically don’t encourage critical thinking skills by bringing in perspectives held by many indigenous groups, nor do they celebrate indigenous peoples’ presence, endurance, and accomplishment. Dozens of U.S. cities and the entire states of South Dakota, Hawaii, Vermont, Minnesota, and Alaska now celebrate “Indigenous Peoples Day” instead of Columbus Day. There’s even a Wikipedia page describing the holiday designation. As a tutor, you have the ability to refocus the practice of celebrating Columbus to celebrating and recognizing indigenous peoples. 

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 4 - October 10, 2020. Fire is a real danger. The National Fire Protection Association reports that nearly half of all home fires involve cooking equipment, with unattended cooking being the most common cause of these fires. The resources in this newsletter will help your student increase their awareness of fire prevention and safety. 

We continue to recognize your commitment to your student and your efforts to maintain contact with them, whether on a casual basis with a friendly check-in phone call or adapting your tutoring practices. Thank you for your genuine interest and dedication. Your efforts do make a difference in the lives of our students and their families.  

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need help with tutoring strategies during this time. Be well and take care. 

With gratitude and hope, 

Carol Garcia
Tutor Support Specialist
Light a Spark Through Literacy
Columbus Day Lesson Plan and Supporting Documents:

Below is a comprehensive lesson plan from the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute with supporting activity sheets. 

Virtual ESL Conversation Groups:

ESL Conversation Groups offer an informal and friendly environment for adults who are at an intermediate or above level to practice their listening and speaking skills in English. 

  • NEEDED: Tutors to facilitate an evening virtual conversation group which would be hosted through a partner library using their ZOOM platform. If you would be interested in learning more about facilitating a conversation group, contact Carol cgarcia@gmail.com

  • NEW CONVERSATION GROUP: In collaboration with Literacy DuPage, Woodridge Public Library will begin hosting a virtual conversation group using the ZOOM platform, Tuesday, October 20, 2020. This group will meet weekly from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. For registration information, visit https://www.woodridgelibrary.org/.

Free Flu Vaccines:

Vouchers are available for free flu vaccines in DuPage.
  • A link to the website (English and Spanish) where people can request a voucher and get more information about the program. https://accessdupage.org/flu/.
Activity Links:

These are individual activities about Columbus Day and Fire Safety. You may be able to use one or more with your student:

Columbus Day




Fire Safety

Information Sheet

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