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.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Author: Nikki Giovanni
Illustrator: Bryan Collier


Grade level: 3-5

Summary: This book is a wonderful picture book. Rosa Parks is
the lead character, it tells her story about how she stood up for herself on the bus when she was sitting in the neutral sits. It displays her courage especially when she was getting yelled at by the bus driver. She was sick and tired of being treated poorly because of her color. In the book she talks about being tired of "colored" entrances and "colored" drinking fountains. Most of all she was tired of not being treated equal. Rosa got arrested after not moving from her seat that is when the people she knew in her town created posters saying "No riders today support Mrs. Parks stay off the bus, walk on Monday." At the end Martin Luther King spoke, people from all over the country came to see. On November 13,1956 segregation became illegal.

Element 4: This element is all about people coming together to address the issues of social injustice. This book represents element 4 because it shows how ordinary people can create change in the world. Rosa Parks is an example of how one extraordinary person in this world went down in history because she stood up for what was right.

Acitivity: An activity that you can do after reading this book is at the end of the book there is a quote. " The integrity, the dignity, the quiet strength of Rosa Parks turned her no into a yes for change." You can ask your students what they think is the meaning of this quote. You can also ask them if they agree with it. They can work together or individually or even have them have a journal and ask them to write their opinion of that quote on paper.

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