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, November 10, 2013

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

Author: Tanya Lee Stone
Illustrator: Marjorie Priceman
Grade Level:Kindergarten- 3

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Short Summary
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors by Tanya Lee Stone is about a young woman Elizabeth Blackwell who was always up for a challenge. In a time when women were housewives or teachers she was told by someone who believed in her that she could become a doctor and change the world. From getting into medical school and working hard at her studies to graduating top of her class, Elizabeth Blackwell paved the way for women to be doctors.

Element: Element 4 Social Movements and Social Change
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors is an example that although women at that time were told they could not be doctors, all that is needed is to believe in yourself and with determination and courage your goals can be accomplished. Elizabeth was in inspiration to women everywhere that they do not have to hold back on their dreams and just like men, women can do anything they put their minds to and be whoever they want to be.

This book can be used during a lesson on careers, or what your students want to be when they grow up and have a selections of children books on various careers for your students to look through. Then they can write a paragraph or essay on what they want to be and why. This book can be used as a tool to give students, girls in particular the courage to know they can be anything they want to be just like the boys in their classroom.

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