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, April 23, 2013


Author: Lucia Raatma 
Grade Level: Grades 3-5

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Cyber-bullying is becoming a very big issue in our society today. A text message or e-mail is sent and received within seconds. The internet is used very broadly. Reading and learning about skills on how to react to a cyber-bully or how to help someone who is being cyber-bullied goes a long way. That is exactly what this book does. It gives kids the opportunity to read and learn about cyber-bullies. Kids will read about how to stay safe when they are on the internet and how/who to talk to. Staying safe on social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and others are crucial when on the internet. If you have a friend or know someone who is being bullied, this book is a good guide to help them handle bullying, what you can do to help them, and how to prevent it in the future.

Element 6 - Social Action:
Element 6 has a lot to do with supporting students to take action on issues that affect them and their communities. Cyber-bullying is an issue that affects everyone at one point or another. This book will teach them how to learn how to prevent it and give students the opportunity to create different types of awareness/prevention strategies, such as rallies or public service announcements. Cyber-bullyingp prevention will give students a chance to be a part of something they are so passionate about because most of the students have probably experienced it first-hand and want others to become aware.

Classroom Use:
I would use this book in the classroom by first reading it and going through what to do if someone is going through cyber-bullying, how to prevent it, how not to be a cyber-bully, and so on. I would then have students come up with their own public service announcements about cyber-bullying. They would work together to create one big public service announcement on all the aspects of cyber-bullying so that they can make everyone aware, as well as themselves.

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