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, October 6, 2013

Everyone Matters

Author: Pat Thomas
Illustrator: Lesley Harker
Grade Level: Kindergarten - Second grade

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Summary: This book is all about respect. It helps children understand the idea behind respect. It shows a bunch of different things through out the book of what respect is, for example it talks about being nice to others, understanding someone else opinion, even about how you should not bully others. Also in the book the author interjects questions to the reader. The questions relate to respect and what the reader would do in the scenerio.

Element 2: This book relates to the second element which is to respect others. I feel that this book would be a great book to show children many ways to respect others. This book would  be a great book to have in the classroom and for everyone to read it.

Activity: The activity I would do with my students would first as my students to write down all the ways they can respect others. Then we would share the responses with the class. After that I would read the book with the students. Then we would compare the answers that the students came up with and what the book had and see how many other ways we could come up with to respect others.


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