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, April 8, 2013

The Lorax

Title: The Lorax

Author: Dr. Suess

Grade Level: K-2

Summary:  A boy living in a town filled with pollution visits the Once-ler.  The boy pays the Once-ler to explain what exactly happened that led to this.  The Once-ler explained the beautiful place it once was, and speaks of the “Truffula trees.”  The Truffula trees contained a material that people needed.  By so many people cutting down the Truffula trees, the Lorax, who speaks for the trees, warned the Once-ler to not cut down the trees or consequences will arise.  A while after, the town was polluted, and the Lorax was sent away.  The Once-ler kept lingering back to the word “unless,” which was to say unless someone cares, a conflict would not progress.  The boy then used a Truffula seed to grow more Truffula Trees, which made the Lorax and his friends come back.

Element Five:  The Lorax is a great way to talk to children about natural resources and give awareness to environmental responsibilities.  The Loraxconsists of a boy taking a problem and finding the solution by himself.  This story would show students what they can also accomplish.  By students reading about change, they could promote change themselves.  Students would have the confidence to go out and try to change the world for the better.

Activity:   There is a website which shows Forests, animals, and different ways to get involved in helping the world.  On the website students can go to a “help the Lorax” tab which shows students all of the different things they can do to help the world.  The website has activities, games, post office so students can write to the Lorax.  Students are able to write to The Lorax to tell him what the students are doing to help him.  It is a positive way to keep students involved and become active in helping the world.

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