Films, books, music and any other medium hoping to convey a particular message oftentimes finds inspiration in the very real issues spotting human experience. Here are 24 books about social justice recommended by teachers. Here are fifteen inspiring middle grade books that prove youre never too young to. Here are fifteen inspiring middle grade books that prove youre never too young to stand up for what you believe in and make a difference. For this project, lessons regarding various aspects of social justice were taught to the middle school jr. As a society and within our educational institutions, discussions about bias, diversity, discrimination, and social justice tend to happen in middle and high schools. Walnut park middle schoolschool of social justiceschool of. Moving tale of latina going to white boarding school. Josef is a jewish boy living in 1930s nazi germany. While each lesson plan is designed for the school context, they may be modified for use in other settings. Young people will be the ones to start the revolution, and it could all start with reading a few great social justice books for young adult and middle grade readers. Esj recognizes that restorative justice can be practiced at the classroom, school, and school district level. This is a miniunit to teach social justice to younger students.
The true story of kunkushs incredible journey by doug kuntz. Each year, the teaching for change staff offers recommendations for your summer reading, selected from new releases over the past year. The best selection of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators. Teaching social justice in the music classroom nafme. These books tell stories of peoples experiences of racism and of those who put their bodies on the line for the cause of equality under the law and social justice. Jan 31, 2019 help me give my students new books to read during our social justice literature circles unit. Here are 21 free resources for teaching social justice in.
The purpose of the nea social justice lesson plans is to share the stories of the nea human and civil rights awards recipients. Want to share your love for social justice with young readers in an accessible and. For more baseball picture books with a social justice theme, see my post, picture books for americas favorite pastime. Early elementary upper elementary middle fiction middle nonfiction young adult educators.
Nov 18, 2019 for generations, young people all over the world have taken an interest in social justice and found the courage to fight for their own rights and the rights of others. Aug 01, 2017 middle grade books about social justice 15. Literature circle unit middle school social justice tpt. Summer reading for social justice teaching for change. Riley loves being a member of the red club at hawking middle school, a supportive club with an emergency stash of supplies for girls who unexpectedly get their periods at school.
It also provides lesson plan activities and a voices section that details the experiences of real people who lived the different social injustices explored in the book. Social justice books for 7th graders donorschoose project. Jun 16, 2016 as a society and within our educational institutions, discussions about bias, diversity, discrimination, and social justice tend to happen in middle and high schools. Bigger questions in social justice education can be examined and reflected upon.
This lesson contains a teachers guide so youll know when to stop and why, a student viewing guide, and an easter egg viewing checklist for students to use as they follow along. Social justice lesson plans and resources share my lesson. The ready to use activities included encourage inquiry and critical thinking, and help you to introduce, organize. Help me give my students new books to read during our social justice literature circles unit.
Here are titles on black history for children, young adults, and educators. Books range from classic novels touching on sensitive and taboo topics to more recent works of fiction that are opposed by conservative groups. The diversity and justice alliance dja group at our school is composed of parents, guardians, and staff members who work together to organize parent education events and book groups around social justice issues. At a time when society is bombarded with fake news, trapped in social media echo chambers, and overwhelmed by mainstream media sensationalism, teachers are challenged to create an environment that positively influences how students take. Teaching social justice in the classroom is crucial for preparing young people to become responsible global citizens in. Teachers can establish a community of conscience by creating rules that teach fairness in classroom discussions and behavior. Picked by chicago public librarys teen services librarians.
We will create an inclusive culture that empowers students succeed in a global community as 21st century scholars and leaders. A social justice classroom is one that is critical in nature, thus, we should be constantly encouraging students to question the world around them as well as the schools they attend. Through the sharing of their stories educators can help students identify traits of these exemplary social justice leaders. A collection of resources for teaching social justice. Social justice lesson plans national association of school.
Books about racism and social justice common sense media. And while many scholars of curriculum and instruction can agree on what social justice entails and that our teaching and learning should be predicated upon the equitable principles of social justice, few texts offer practitioners a vision of how a curriculum informed by social justice operates within a. Diverse books help kids discover social justice middleweb. Jan 11, 2016 ive gathered a list of social justice books for kids that address a variety of global issues, but of course the troubles around the world are endless. Best pageturners with redeeming social value, social justice. Our school has also developed a social justice initiative sji as one way to institutionalize this effort and strengthen our. Teaching young children about bias, diversity, and social justice. Oct 29, 2017 therefore, if we select books that present strong characters with diverse backgrounds, characters who grow, change, overcome obstacles, and grapple with situations of social justice like esperanza, we stretch kids out of their comfort zone, help them make sense of the world around them, and inspire them to become more empathetic citizens.
The following paper highlights the process of the lessons and the activities therein, which. Teaching for change carefully selects the best multicultural and social justice books for. I show zootopia, stopping to discuss the many social justice issues in the movie. Social justice resources for k12 teachers college of.
Social justice book list nnstoy national network of state teachers of the year. This book describes strategies that teachers can use to make issues of social justice the focus of their curricula. How to teach social justice in the classroom resilient. Teaching social justice to middle school aged children. It also provides lesson plan activities and a voices section that details the experiences of real people.
Tt educator grants support social justice work at the classroom, school and district levels. Here are fifteen inspiring middle grade books that prove youre never too young. Two lesson plans were formulated by nasps social justice task force and are intended to guide conversations and activities related to race and privilege. Sylvia mendez and the her familys fight for school desegregation by duncan tonatiuh go back to the mexican school. Below are links to suggested lessons, films, books, readings, and general teaching guides for black lives matter at school week of action and beyond. As warm weather approaches, our school deemed it appropriate to run a. Teaching for social justice in elementary and middle school practitioner inquiry series practitioner inquiry paperback 9780807738566. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. Social justice books for kids to teach about global issues.
Jun 24, 2014 summer reading for social justice the best part of summer has arrived, the time to select a book or books to savor over the weeks ahead. This lesson contains a teachers guide so youll know when to stop and why, a student viewing guide, and an easter egg viewing checklist for. For this project, lessons regarding various aspects of social justice were taught to the middle schooljr. Teaching for change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world. At the bottom of the post are links to more picture book lists that will help you in your endeavor to talk to your kids about important problems facing the world. While the main characters are high school sophomores, the book will resonate with upper elementary and middle school students. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track teama. The first way to promote social justice in the classroom is to create a community of conscience. If youre interested in social justice, check out these titles that explore how race, class, gender, size, sexuality and other factors can affect our lives. Teaching for social justice has become a cornerstone of contemporary progressive education. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world.
Our middle school is incredibly diverse in the true sense of the world, there are high and lowincome students, and students of nearly every race and ethnicity. Awesome social justice books for kids act for social justice. At the bottom of the post are links to more picture book lists that will help you in your endeavor to talk to. The results serve to educate viewers and hopefully pique effective action once the screens glow diminishes. Ive gathered a list of social justice books for kids that address a variety of global issues, but of course the troubles around the world are endless. Middle school is a time of transition where important learning takes place. Summer reading for social justice the best part of summer has arrived, the time to select a book or books to savor over the weeks ahead. See also resources for teaching about immigration on the zinn education project website and the rethinking schools blog. Collaborate with middle and high school english departments in integrating contemporary literature about diverse characters into the class reading canon. The searing memoir of the battle to integrate little rocks central high. Apr 09, 2020 young people will be the ones to start the revolution, and it could all start with reading a few great social justice books for young adult and middle grade readers. Educolor, an organization dedicated to an equitable, just education for everyone, maintains this list of books, movies, articles, and websites that will educate teachers and students on issues of social justice, especially as it pertains to educational equity. For more great reads for kids and teens, check out our civil rights books and coretta scott king book award winners. The best teacher resources sites for social justice.
How to teach social justice in the classroom resilient educator. S ocial justice is the buzz phrase of education ministers, who maintain it is being created in schools across the country by all manner of means. Walnut park middle schoolschool of social justiceschool. Teaching tolerance provides free resources to educatorsteachers, administrators, counselors and other practitionerswho work with children from kindergarten through high school. Our original, authentic stories will help you teach in a bilingual or dual language program, deepen a students engagement to spanish, scaffold a student into english, and bridge classroom readalouds with nonenglishspeaking parents at home. Discover awardwinning books available in spanish and other world languages. Books on racism, sexism, and class books that take on patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism, and other social justice issues. To learn more, or to discover more social justice books for elementary readers, check out the following links. For generations, young people all over the world have taken an interest in social justice and found the courage to fight for their own rights and the rights of others. The best selection of multicultural and social justice books for children, ya, and educators. Middle school literature circle unit thematic social justice classroom book clubs literature circle units are engaging and effective methods of reading instruction that encourage students to engage in rich conversation surrounding text and take ownership of their learning.
Rethinking schools titles science fiction slavery, resistance, and reparations south asian spanish bilingual sports teaching for change titles. Teaching young children about bias, diversity, and social. Read about how one teacher used her grant to help fund a daylong conference empowering girls of color in boston. Here are 21 free resources for teaching social justice in the. Provides readings about different areas of social justice that include not only privilege and racism but sexism, ageism, and heterosexism, among many others. Apr 29, 2015 very simply put, social justice is the view that all people deserve the same rights, opportunities, and advantages. This story of a young girls social justice awakening demonstrates how. Using her investigative reporting skills for the school newspaper, riley fights back to save the club. Social justice is an important topic, and one that can be easily woven throughout your curriculum. Teaching for social justice in elementary and middle school.
Weve somehow decided that little kids cant understand these complex topics, or we want to delay exposing them to injustices as long as possible even though not all children. High youth group at college church of the nazarene in bourbonnais, illinois. Our mission and vision for the school of social justice and service learning sjsl at walnut park is that all students will be. A discipline in itself, social justice is more than just a topic in a days lesson plan, but rather a frame of mind and a concept that permeates curricula in classrooms that are committed to equity for all. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, teaching for change encourages teachers and students to question and rethink the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens. Teaching for change carefully selects the best multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators. Rethinking schools is a nonprofit magazine and book publisher dedicated to strengthening public education through social justice teaching and education activism. A collection of resources for teaching social justice cult. Their feed helps teachers remember significant but. Guide for selecting antibias childrens books teaching about immigration. School librarians are the very defenders and champions of social justice and equity in our school communities. These 20 books half ya and half middle grade are the perfect social justice reads because they pack strong messages and engaging storiescharacters. As students develop identities and strengthen literacy and analytical skills, it is crucial to make sure that they have access to both mirror and window booksthat is, books that affirm their identities and experiences, and books that allow them to build empathy for. Books on racism, sexism, and class, best progressive reads, essential nonfic.747 190 623 625 1487 517 1096 1120 57 278 1020 1193 1045 291 1063 435 229 832 1010 1506 1407 877 136 933 200 734 1373 629 1054 719 913 4 987 930 1407 300 1159 97 577 670 463 478 964 263 1391 513 986 669 1348