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.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Corduroy Writes a Letter

Title: Corduroy Writes a Letter

Author: Allison Inches

Illustrator: Allan Eitzen

Reading Level: Kindergarten - 3

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Resource- Corduroy Writes a Letter is used within the lessons of this overarching book.

Corduroy Writes a Letter is about Lisa and her bear named Corduroy.  She notices that the bakery is putting less sprinkles on their cookies, so her mom suggests she write the bakery a letter.  Lisa doesn't believe that her letter will have any impact because she is just a little girl.  Instead, Corduroy decides to write a letter.  He continues writing letters to various places where he notices there are issues.  His letters do make a difference and Lisa recognizes that everyone has a voice and can write letters to make a difference.

Element 6- Taking Social Action:
This book introduces students to the idea that their individual voices can have an impact.  Although it is very small scale in its examples, Corduroy Writes a Letter proves that a young person's voice can influence others in the community.  These small steps can begin the process of students feeling important enough to address bigger issues.

This book could be used with many grades.  I would read it as an introduction to an activity.  Students would then brainstorm issues they are passionate about.  After brainstorming, we would discuss the concept of professional letters.  Students would need to understand formatting letters in a formal manner and writing a strong and persuasive letter.  After editing each, ensuring correct grammar and proper spelling, I could allow students to actually send their persuasive letters.

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