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, September 9, 2008

A Girl Named Helen Keller

A Girl Named Helen Keller by Margo Lundell

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This book is the story of Helen Keller's life. The story begins from her birth. It goes through the struggles she and her family went through, and the gradual understanding of Helen Keller's obstacles. And the change that can happen when a teacher gives her all and always keeps hope.

I like the book because it shows true difficulties and set backs families, like Helen Keller's family, can go through. It shows that there aren't always answers for everything that is happening. The ending of the story shows a small accomplishment, but an important start. Also, it briefly attends to her life after the overcoming of her difficulties. As a bonus, the last page has the alphabet in ASL.

If I were to use this book in my classroom, it could be used as an introduction to a curriculum on able-ism, and or important/influential people in the world.

This book would fall into the awareness domain of sje.

Hina Patel

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