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, February 17, 2015



 Title: We Are All Born Free
Author: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Grade level: K-3

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We Are All Born Free is a book written by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We Are All Born Free is a book about how each person should have equal rights and be free. Each page is illustrated according to the message of the book. This book shows our rights as humans, and as citizen of our country. The book is designated for children to understand and be aware of the human rights, and to be socially aware of the things that our world goes through. 

Element 3- Exploring Issues of Social Injustice 

We Are All Born Free is a extraordinary example of element three "Exploring Issues of Social Injustice". In this book, each page represents a message of how we can be free. The illustrations are also another way of showing students of the approaches we might take when our rights are not being respected.  They also send a message of equality and respect for others. During times of segregation or social injustice many people were afraid of making decisions and standing up for themselves.  In this book their message is to assure everyone that it is okay to stand up and say something, it is okay to think differently, and respect the differences of others.  


Activities are a great way to let the students generate their understanding of this topic and let them teach you what they know. For this book I would choose an activity based on first grade level. After doing a read aloud and doing a think pair share activity, I will ask students to talk to a friend about something that they feel it is wrong, but they must come up with a solution. After they talk to a friend they will share with the class. For an independent activity I would have my students write a letter to anyone that they want, giving them an advice of what they should do if they find themselves in a situation where their rights are not being respected or valued. 

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