Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Social Studies and the Young Learner

Volume

18

Issue

1

Publisher

National Council for the Social Studies

Publication Date

2005

First Page

18

Last Page

21

Abstract

Most teachers and administrators have witnessed children using a derogatory reference to a group of people as a put down. Put downs usually reference non-mainstream groups who are different in ethnicity, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, class, or appearance. Hurtful name calling is but one example of how children express prejudiced beliefs and attitudes toward particular groups of people; non-mainstream children are also often excluded by their peers from activities and social events. Teachers of young children have the challenging task to help eradicate prejudice and discrimination by teaching about social justice. The purpose of this article is to share a strategy for teaching young children about social justice. Described is a project where second graders responded to picture books that focus on social justice issues. Reading and writing were integrated as children listened to stories with social justice themes, briefly discussed them, and then wrote in their response journals. The primary focus of this article is on the children's written responses. Examples of books that engender discussion about social justice is included. (Contains 1 table and 7 endnotes.)

Comments

Originally published by the National Council for the Social Studies. Publisher's PDF available through remote link.

 
 

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