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

I Am Mixed

I Am Mixed
Title: I am Mixed
Author: Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastian A. Jones
Illustrator: James C. Webster
Grade Level: K-2

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Summary: I Am Mixed, is a childrens book about twins Jay and Nia, they are from a family of mixed cultures. This book describes how these two children embrace their culture and different nationalities. Jay and Nia take turns describing how they see themselves and there culture. They are proud to be mixed and this book can teach other children that being different is something to be proud of.

Element 1: Self-Love and Knowledge : I Am Mixed, is a representation of Element 1 because these two children are discussing how they love who they are. They enjoy having the mixed cultures and being able to enjoy the many traditions that come from their families ancestors. Children who read this book will see that having mixed cultures should be something that they embrace. Those children get to be apart of many traditions and can say they are from multiple races and cultures.

Follow-Up Activity: After reading I Am Mixed, students can go home and talk to their parents about their culture and what type of traditions they have. Once the students have found this information out, they can then make up their own story of why they are proud to be from the culture they are from.  The students can draw pictures or bring in objects that represent their culture. The students will then be encouraged to read their stories out loud, so then the class can learn about the different cultures throughout the classroom.

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