Title: Grandmama's Pride
Element #3 (Exploring Issues of Social Injustice): Grandmama’s Pride is an inspiring story that opened up awareness of the inequality and racism during the 1950s. It was a symbol of oppression and class rule in the South. It also displayed the foundation for the civil rights movement. The book encourages children not to be ashamed of their skin color even if society says otherwise. The story was significant because it showed the evilness of racism, and how it should not be tolerated. Grandmama challenged racism directly, which shows children the importance of fairness. By utilizing this book, children can be taught to develop empathy by opposing discrimination, and include those who may feel excluded.
Activity: I would use this book to show that eliminating racism is possible, but it begins with their actions. After reading the story, I would have a discussion with the class about their ideas on how to change discrimination in the school. They will then each make a poster to hang around the school, which can include statistics, pictures, famous activists, ideas, movements, or anything that addresses racism or discrimination. I would then bring the students together to make a “Code of Conduct List” to hang in our classroom. As a group, we would figure out how to tackle unfairness within the classroom.