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 23, 2014

If the World Were a Village


If the World Were a Village
Written By: David J. Smith
Illustrated By: Shelagh Armstrong
Grade level: 3rd-5th

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Element 1: Self-Love and Knowledge
This book is very informative and teaches children a great amount about the different people in our world. Reading about the many different cultures will help the students relate to one, learning more about themselves. This book is very factual, discussing the different races in this world along with the different nationalities, languages spoken, ages, religions, foods, and so forth. It discusses the averages of how much money people make, along with their education level and health. This book is a third to fifth grade level.
Connection to element 1: Self-Love and Knowledge:
Reading this book will make the students aware of the many different people and where they come from. They will learn about their own nationality and how many people in the world share this ethnicity. This book represents Self-Love and Knowledge because it will inform the class of where they come from and give them a background on the different cultures, religions, and lifestyles that people live. 
Classroom activity:
 I would use this book to help teach the children the many different people there are in this world and how together, they make up our world. After reading the book aloud, we would then go into a class discussion about what they have learned. Students will share any information that surprised them or made them come to any further conclusions. We will each share how we can relate to what we read about and discuss any further questions or comments. Overall, this book is appropriate for teaching students about culture and diversity.

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