On Friday, April 26th from 9:30 to 10:30 am at John M. Sexton Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Florida, we will be having Multicultural Day in Miss Lak’s class (my classroom website: https://www.teacherweb.com/FL/SextonElementarySchool/MissLak/apt1.aspx). This year was the 2nd year I have been involved in Common Core instruction in both Reading and Writing. This November, I won the Donald H. Graves Writing Award, nationally at NCTE National Council of Teachers of English (http://www.ncte.org/awards/graves). I have been using and applying the standards, and was videotaped in the "Pinellas County Teachers are Implementing Common Core State Standards in their Classroom" (http://vimeo.com/53546547) video earlier this year, found on pcsb website. On Friday, my students will be presenting their work. They have each written a 20 page hardcover text (converted from a blank book) on a country of their family’s heritage. They have included Informative Text section, Opinion pieces, and have created multicultural fairy tales from their country studied applying the CCSS. Being one of the first district teachers to implement this instruction (especially with CC Writing Standards); it will showcase the year end result of this educational shift. Students will be sharing pieces from their books, technology components, songs and poems. Many parents, families, district and some USF personnel are coming in for this special event. We would love to have you attend!