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, September 8, 2008

A is for Abigail

A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Woman

A is for Abigail by Lynne Cheney is an impressive "alphabetic" compilation of incredible, multi- cultural women who have changed American history: doctors, writers, educators, pioneers, lawyers, social activists, inventors and adventurers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, artists, environmentalists, athletes, trailblazers, etc, etc.

A is for Abigail addresses stages 1, 4, and 5 of Social Justice Education. By learning about the incredible contributions these women have made to society, boys and girls alike will learn about their own culture and admire the strength of our country. Students will learn about how people have struggled for social change, thus, being inspired to explore their own contexts and work for change.

Potential Plan of Study: Each member of the class can choose one woman to develop a biographical report on.

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