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.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Tale of Sir Dragon: Dealing with Bullies for Kids (and Dragons)

The Tale of Sir Dragon: Dealing with Bullies for Kids
(and Dragons)
Written by: Jean E Pendziwol
Illustrated by: Martine Gourbault
Grade Level: 2

Element Six: Taking Social Action

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The Tale of Sir Dragon is a story of playful young girl and her friend dragon. As they are playing at Camp Camelot, they encounter a group of bullies who tell the dragon he cannot play because he is too big and green. The girl decides to take action and tell the king about these mean boys. The king is not okay with this news, and is sure to talk to the boys about this, making them understand that what they did was wrong. The little girl, dragon, and the former bullies signed a petition to no longer be bullies and to report bullying if they see it. The young boys have changed their ways and agree to play with the dragon and the little girl.  

This short story is a perfect example of Element Six. The little girl in this book does not just stand there and let those boys pick on her friend. Not only does she tell the king, but he decides to make the petition. By having everyone sign this petition, the entire camp is taking the action to end bullying, not only at the camp, but hopefully outside of the camp as well. 

The Tale of Sir Dragon would be a great resource to have in any classroom. Not only is the topic one that several children will be able to relate to, there is a wide range of vocabulary. These more advanced words will aid in the development of the student's vocabulary development and comprehension of the story, due to their new knowledge of the words used. Because the book is a giant rhyme, the students will be able to develop their phonemic awareness of the words and why they rhyme. The story line is easy to follow and can be used at any time to explain to the students why bullying is so wrong. I would love to use this at the beginning of the year to let my students know that bullying will not be tolerated so we can avoid as many problems in the future as possible. 

The Tale of Sir Dragon is a wonderful book and standing up for what you believe is right and would give any child the courage to do the same in their own life. The little girl in this book takes social action, which is an inspiration for us all to do that same. 

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