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

This is Our House

This Is Our House

Summary:This book is about a little boy, who built a "house" with his friend. After they built the house, he refuses to share the house with his friends. He descriminates against them because of their hair color, their siblings, and their other activities. In the end the boy has to use the bathroom so he goes and his friends take over the house, when he comes back, they do not let him in. Eventually they all decided that the house is for everyone.

My Response: At first I did not know how i felt about the book, because it did not deal with race or the typical Social Justice Issues. As i continued to read the story, I enjoyed it more, because this was a story that students would be able to relate and eventual make a connection of what being prejudices means. Also it may look like at first that the picutres of the children look all the same, with different colors drawn in, but when looked at closesly it is clear that the way the pictures are drawn is the style of the illustrator. therefore this book does not have has many problems as I thought it would, and is actually a great book, to introduce the idea of prejudices to younger classes.

In the Classroom: This book can be used in the classroom, by introducing the idea of prejudices. It can begin with a read aloud, and the students can answer questions such as :do you think that as nice? Is he being mean? ETC. This book is just scratching the surface of issues, but I believe is a great way to introduce big issues as well as use in a younger class.

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