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.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Element 2: A Different Princess. Knight
Author: Amy Potter
Illustrated by: Lisa Sheppad
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing
Reading level: 3-8
Amy loves being a princess but at times she gets bored just being a princess. So when she goes to sleep she becomes more than just a princess, with the help of her magical unicorn, Huggy. Tonight she becomes a Knight Princess, equipped with sword, cape, shield, and helmet. She lives in a beautiful palace but she doesn't live "snug as a bug", in her castle, she goes across the land helping her subjects and having adventures. After saving the prince and helping the farmers Amy leaves her palace and the Kingdom to go off to her next adventure. What kind of princess will she be tomorrow?
A Different Princess: Knight Princess is a great story about a young girl who dreams of being anything she wants to be. Tonight Amy wanted to be a Knight, and give back to her Kingdom. Amy's story challenges the stereo-type that girls can't do the jobs that boys can. In the story Amy wins Knightly competitions, saves the Prince from the fierce dragon, and helps the farmers from being poor so their children can go to school. This book is written in a way where it will make students question gender roles and hopefully encourage a change in the way we view girls in our society.
Follow Up Activity:
The teacher can do many things to reinforce the issue of gender roles in our community. The students can research the many great women in history and create posters to illustrate their importance in history. The students could also create a marketing campaign to promote the strength of women, either by creating a marketing poster or a commercial that will bring about awareness to this issue. A great example is from this Always commercial, take a look:
Hopefully then the students will get encouraged to spread the word about how important it is to treat everyone equally.
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Thanks for Reading.
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