Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for another exciting year with your students.
As we plan for our upcoming year, I want to encourage you all to visit this blog: Social Justice Literature for the Elementary Classroom. The books recommended on this site provide opportunities to bring global issues, diversity, a variety of perspectives, and children’s rights into your teaching. Each book is accompanied with a summary and ideas for use in the classroom.
One of my favourite books is Shin-chi’s Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell and pictures by Kim LaFav. Almost every provincial and territorial curriculum includes learning about the history of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. Using this book in your classroom exposes your students to the perspectives of two Aboriginal children who were taken into residential schools. This book provides a child-friendly introduction into discussions on the importance and right to culture and provides an example of how children can stand up for their own rights.