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

Harriet Tubman and The Promise Land

Harriet Tubman and The Promise Land, by Jacob Lawrence

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Summary: This book is about the story of Harriet Tubman and her mission to free the slaves. It creatively uses poetry to as it describes her journey from being born a slave to being free. The art work is unique and seems to capture the emotions and feelings that real slave were going through.

Reflection: I really enjoyed reading the book. The use of poetry allows the reader to have a closer understanding of the powerful journey of Harriet Tubman. Another great aspect of the book is the illustration. They are very different and captivating when you read it. A very simple, creative way to tell an unique story like Harriet Tubman's.

How to use in the classroom: This book could definitely be used as an intro to topics like slavery and fight for freedom and also the civil rights movement. It can also be used as an medium to start a study on civil rights activists, starting with Harriet Tubman.

Social Justice domain:
Social Movement and Social change: This book surely hits upon the notion of going against the odds and fighting against the injustice. Being born a slave, Harriet's mission to free her people is a clear example on how one's will to change the unfair. It also show's how collaboration, as whites helped Harriet and her people by feeding them and giving them a place to hide) people coming together for the same cause does make a difference.

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