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.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Every Cowgirl Goes to School

Author:  Rebecca Janni
Illustrator: Lynne Avril
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Summary: This book is about a girl named Nellie Sue, who on the first day of school is excited to see her friends and show off her cowgirl things. When she gets on the bus she couldn't sit next to her friends because the bus was full. Meanwhile her friend Anna was making new friends with Maya. All day long Nellie Sue was getting the short end of the stick. For example she wasn't able to wear her cowgirl boots in gym. While in recess Maya leaves and makes Nellie Sue a drawing of a cow dressing in a cowgirl outfit. Nellie Sue received the drawing and everyone started to moo at her. she ran out crying and Maya went after her. Maya apologized for the drawing and explained that she thought Nellie Sue would have liked the drawing because it showed Nellie Sue as a pretty cowgirl. Maya was trying to be nice. At the end Nellie Sue realized that she should show how a cowgirl should act. Nellie Sue ended up being proud of being a cowgirl, even when people tried to make fun of her.
Element 1: I feel that this book relates to the self-love and knowledge element because by the end of the book Nellie Sue is proud to be who she is and she finds the self-love that element 1 is all about.
Activity: I would read this book to my class and then have each of my students draw a picture of who they feel they are. Then I would have each of them go up in front of the class and explain their pictures and talk about who they are. I feel that this activity would open up the students to the diversity of the world and that everyone is different. Also, that they should be proud of who they are.

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