Below is an annotated list of children's literature for the elementary classroom. The books are organized by the Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design (Picower, 2007). It is based on work by pre-service teachers at Montclair State University. They have read and reviewed these books and provided insights into how they can be used in K-5 settings.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Harriet Tubman

Element Four: Social Movements and Social Change.

Title: Harriet Tubman
Author: Catherine Nichols
Illustrated by: Brian Denington
Suggested Uses: Age 4-8

Summary: The book provides students with some biographical and historical insight into the life of Harriet Tubman. "Harriet Tubman" illustrates the strenuous efforts that she went through to become free from slavery. Catherine Nichols highlights the issue of slavery, and how the escape of one brave and courageous woman returned to the Underground Railroad to help rescue hundreds of the other slaves.

Social Justice Education: Teachers can use this book and apply it to element four of SJE because it embodies how one woman's efforts created change and addressed the issues of racism and slavery. It is a suitable book for young readers to understand the general idea about the importance of social movements and social change.

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By: Megan Carricarte

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