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, April 21, 2013

A Kids' Guide to Hunger & Homelessness: How to Take Action!

Author: Cathryn Berger Kaye
Grade: 3-8

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Summary: In A Kids’ Guide to Hunger & Homelessness, Kaye is able to provide a hands-on workbook to help young students take action in their community and in the world. The guide includes short examples of kids around the world who are taking action against hunger and homelessness. These examples provide students with the opportunity to learn what others are doing around the world. Besides real-life stories of kids making a difference around the world, the guide includes facts, quotations, resources, interviews with well-known activists, and specific steps needed to take in order to take special action on the issues related to hunger and homelessness. The guide is an easy and clear way for young students to prepare, learn, take action, reflect, and demonstrate their service projects. 

Element 6: A Kids’ Guide to Hunger & Homelessness gives students the opportunity the step to step directions to learn and take social action with service projects related to hunger and homelessness. The guide relates to taking social action because students are able to think about the needs in their community, are taking a step-to-step approach on how to plan service projects, learn about the cause and effects of homelessness, how to showcase their service projects, and reflecting after the service project. 

Activity: An activity that can accompany this book, first, should start with students preparing themselves about the topic on hunger and homelessness and the location/population(s) they want to focus on. For example, students can focus on hunger and homelessness in their community, in a neighboring community, in a different country, etc. With the guidance of the teacher, students can get facts together on hunger and homelessness, find out what that specific community needs, who is helping the community, how can they help the community, start writing a service proposal, promote and find resources, and take action. Activities can include donating canned goods, clothing or advocating for the population the students want to help.

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