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, February 10, 2013

What Color is My World?

Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Illustrator: Ben Boos & A. G. Ford

Grade Level: 3 and above!

Summary: What Color is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors.
This book is about the unsung history of African American inventors and innovators who initiated major possessions in our daily surroundings. What color is my world recounts history in a way that intrigues and interest the young audience, encourages creativity and imagination, and it is also filled with great humor. It touches on equal opportunity, appreciating what you have and who you are, and how an interest in making something more convenient or a simple idea can in turn be the next innovation the world has been waiting for. Anyone can make a difference; do not let anything hold you back! The story line is based on a family’s move into a new house – unattractive to the children because of its historic structure. the children wanted a home more modern, with a pool, hot tub and so on. With the help of Mr. R. E. Mital; the handyman their parent met at church, they quickly learn to see beyond the physical and be content with what history they have.

Element 1: Self-Love and Knowledge
What Color is my world?, with the application of Element 1 – Self-love and Knowledge teaches students about the power each individual carries within them. That evey person is significant, equal and can make a difference in this world. 

With my understanding of the content of this book, although it is directly connected to African American history, I believe the pull out can be applied to every individual. Since, History surrounds us; I would have each child pick their favorite think and find out the best they can how it relates to their history. After their findings, each student will write in their journal an interesting fact and then present to the class.

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