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

Say Something

Say Something

Title: Say Something

Author: Peggy Moss

Summary: Say Something written by Peggy Moss is a story about a girl who sees other chldren getting teased and bullied at school. She witnesses numerous students in her school and on her bus that get picked on by other children. She pays careful attention to their reactions and feels bad for them, but she does not do anything about it. One day, while her friends are out and she is sitting in the luchroom table alone, gets bullied by other children in the lunchroom. After the ordeal, she feels terrible and begins to think back at all the children that she had seen that day and knew what they were feeling. During the ride back hoome on the schoolbus, she befriends the girl who always sits alone on the bus and realizes what a funny person she is and makes a new friend. At the end of the story, there are websites and suggestions of things that can be done if someone sees somebody getting bullied.

Activities: After reading this book, students can write about an incident where they experienced a similar situation and wished that someone would just say something to the person that is bullying them. Some chldren might feel embarrassed that they are being bullyed and therefore might not want to talk about it. This also gives them an opportunity to write out their experiences and others feelings that they have.I haven't seen this book being used in the classroom, but I would feel that this would be a great issue to address in the classroom since almost all children go through something like this in their lifetime.

Domains of Social Justice:

1. Self love and acceptance: Students learn to appreciate others for their differences. They also learn to put themselves in others' shoes and know what the other person is feeling.
2. Respect for others: Students learn to respect others, to look not only at their physical appearance, but their personality as well.
3. Social Movements and Social change: At the end of the book, there are suggestions for students and teachers about what they can do when they see something.
4. Taking Social Action: Students learn ways to take action for positive change in and outside of the school setting.


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