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.

Monday, April 25, 2011

"The Kid's Guide to Social Action"

“The Kid’s Guide to Social Action” by Barbara A. Lewis
Ages: 9-12
“The Kid’s Guide to Social Action” by Barbara A. Lewis is a perfect example of an Element 6 book.  This book is a motivator and includes stories of real children that made change by taking action within their communities.  Lewis really uses this book as a guide for students who wanted to take social action and make a difference!  Not only does this book give step by step instruction, but it even includes resources that children can use to get started.  This book also leaves a lot to the student: they can pick what they feel strongly about and what to dive into!
 It would be impossible to say this was not an Element 6: Taking Social Action book!  I was sold immediately: this book gives students ideas, opportunities, and help when it comes to social action within their community.  This book is packed with information that really aids students in this element of social justice.
Using it in the classroom:
To use this book, I would most definitely introduce it when I see that my students are passionate about a social movement.  This book will have them excited, informed, and ready to take social action.  When students get an idea in their head and they are ALL excited and motivated to do something about it- that is when I would bring this book into the classroom.  It is the perfect book to get students going with an idea and it will allow them to run with it while being informed and readily equipped with the knowledge of how to do so!

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