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, November 29, 2018
Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds
Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds
Author: Jorge Argueta
Illustrator: Alfonso Ruano
Summary: This is a story based on the author's experience as a refugee from El Salvador during the military coup in the late 80s from the perspective of a child. The title is a metaphor for families turned refugees and that they continue to move and will reform again. The story is in poetry form and written in both Spanish and English. Argueta is clear about the necessity to flee his home for the sole reason of safety which alludes to the unjust views that those fleeing had ulterior motives. The use of poetry helps to convey the emotions a young child forced to leave everything behind and encounter experiences most people never encounter.
Element 4/5: This is a book that teaches the injustices that prevent people from obtaining asylum and raises awareness of the realities of asylum seekers from Central America.
This is an upper grade lesson plan for teaching why people flee their home countries.
Central America Lesson Plans
This site also provides lessons and resources for teaching about Central America.
Central America Teaching Resources
ISBN: 9781554988495 | Published by Groundwood Books.
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