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, December 2, 2014

Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change Courageous Actions Around the World

Author: Garth Sundem

Grade Level: 5th Grade


The book, Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change Courageous Actions Around the World,  is a collection of thirty different stories of real kids and teens that have took social action around the world to make change. These kids have made real change around the world by saving the environment, standing up for themselves, helping others, overcoming challenges, and using their own talents and creativity. The book also provides ways for you to get involved yourself by visiting the websites that are listed after each chapter or story. 

Element 6 Social Action:

This book can be considered as element 6 social action because it shows that kids really can make a difference when they stand up for what they believe in. The thirty different stories show great examples of how many different ways social action can happen whether it is creating a device to save the environment or fighting against segregation in your town. These stories can inspire kids to create change themselves by taking social action in their own community, town, state or world. The book guides and motivates kids to make a difference and that they can use their own creativity to do so. 


An activity a teacher could do after reading this book involves follow-up research on the stories that are in the book. At the end of each chapter or story there is a website for more information about the story and ways you can get involved yourself with the cause. The teacher could have their students visit the website of the story that they found to be most interesting and have them research what they can do to help or get involved with the cause. Then the students can come up with their own unique way to help the cause and take social action. 

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