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.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Element 4: Social Movement and Social Change: The Lorax

Title: The Lorax

Author: Dr. Seuss

Illustrated By: Dr. Seuss

Publisher: Random House, Inc.

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The Lorax is a story about a little boy living in a post-apoctalypitc world who visits the Once-ler to find out what happened to the Lorax. the Once-ler tells the boy about how there used to be green grass and clean clouds and many Truffula Trees gave animals food and shelter. Eventually, the Once-ler began to use those trees to making into profit. The Lorax came to the Once-ler to stop him. He said that he speaks for the trees because they have no tongues. The Once-ler was greedy and would not stop until there were no trees left. The animals had to leave, the skies were grey and smoking, the whole area became polluted and the Lorax left. The Once-ler explained to the boy that the Lorax left a message that said "unless" and he realized that it was the boys job to bring the world back to how it was before. He gave the boy the last remaining Truffula Tree seed.

Element IV:
This story would go very well with the element Social Movements and Social Change. The little boy in The Lorax is an ordinary person. There is not any specific significance for him, yet he is given the seen and the option to change the world with that one seed. This story will show students that it doesn't matter if you are just one person, you can still make a positive change on the world. Students will see that even the littlest of deeds like planting a seed can have a huge and positive impact.

Follow-Up Activity:
The Lorax would be a good book to read during earth day. After reading the story, I would give my students their own seed and have them plant it in a garden at the school. The students will see the work that goes into planting a seed and I will try to bring them to the garden as much as possible for the rest of that school year to water their plants. I would also encourage my students to find other ways to help the environment whether it be throwing out their trash or watering the plants in the backyard. I want my students to know that helping the earth doesn't have to stop there and doesn't have to be only on earth day. I would encourage my students to treat everyday like earth day.

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