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, April 5, 2016
Illustrator: Matt Collins
Grade Level: 3rd and 4th grade
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This a book about how one girl didn't believe that it was fair that basketball was only a man's sport so they set up a game between two girl teams and played anyway. The book details the game and how her team wins!
I think this applies to Element #4: Social Movement and Social Change because it has references to how basketball is a man's sport and she disregarded everything they said to keep doing what she loved and she encouraged other girls to do the same.
I would use this book in a lesson about gender inequality, but also to teach how a plot works and to help the students recognize main ideas and themes. This book has a very linear plot and that makes it a good way to teach beginning, middle and end of a story. I would perhaps do a read aloud demonstrating to the students where the beginning, middle and end are and then have them create their own stories with beginnings, middles and ends.