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, September 8, 2008

Hair Pelitos


Hairs & Pelitos
Author: Sandra Cisneros

Illustrated by Terry Ybanez

Hairs * Pelitos is a story in English and Spanish from The House on Mango Street.

Summary:Hairs Pelitos describes how each person in the same family has different hair type. The author gets into details of how the hair feels, looks, and smells. The hair types in this family range from brittle, to soft and silky with sweet warm scents.

Reflection:I think that Hairs Pelitos is a great book on individuality. It shows how different members in the same family are not the same, and it teaches us to celebrate those unique qualities. The pictures throughout beautifully represent strong family bonds.

Class Activities:Students can learn history while talking about their own heritage and listening to others in class. Additionally, they could discuss the different hair types that their siblings/parents have as well. After listening to their peers and teacher, students will have a better understanding that it's ok to be different.

Social Justice Education:1- Self love and Acceptance....Children learn about their own culture and learn to love and accept themselves.2- Respect for Others....Children learn about other cultures and will acquire respect for others.3- Exploring Issues of Social Justice....Racism and classism are confronted.

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