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.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Do Something in Your City

By: Amanda Rondeau

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Ages: 5 - 8

This book helps children understand how they can make a difference in their community development and in quality of life. They can be volunteers making their city a better place to live. They can do something for others and make a difference. This book demonstrates a number of examples of how this is possible. The text is short and to the point. Some vocabulary that may be difficult is explained in the glossary. This book, like others in the Sand Castle "Do Something About It" series, attempts to fill the need for beginning social studies material.

Social Justice Element 6: This book is a great example, among others in its series. It teaches young children that they too can make a difference. What I like about this series (Do Something About It) is that it highlight the areas that the children are directly effective by.
"Do Something in Your City, Do Something in Your Family, Do Something in Your Community, Do Something in Your State, Do Something in Your Country".

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