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.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Amazing Grace

Title: Amazing Grace

Author: Mary Hoffman

Grade level: 1-3

Summary: A young girl, Grace, loves stories.  She loves to read stories, act, and loves to make her own stories.  She found out that her class was going to do the play, Peter Pan.  Grace really wanted to play as Peter in her class. Grace is told that she cannot play Peter because she is a girl and the color of her skin.  Eventually with reassurance from other people, Grace has the courage to go for Peter Pan.  Grace showed her classmates her dancing skills and everyone eventually voted for her to be Peter Pan.

Element Three:  This book shows element three, because Grace is told that she cannot do certain things because of her skin color and gender.  The book shows racism and sexism, which disheartens a young girl.  But she is able to rise above and is a great Peter Pan. 

Activity:  This book could open up the discussion about mean comments.  Students could open up the discussion about how dreams can come true.  Also, students could talk about discouragement.  What discouragement exactly means, and how important it is to not discourage anyone.

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