When I think about today's society, it seems that the goal of education is for children to grow and get a job to support themselves and the economy. What if the goal was expanded to raise a new generation, capable of healing the wounds that inflict our communities? Racism, poverty, climate change, violence, food insecurity... What if the goal of education was for students to use their intellectual gifts, their character strengths, their deep appreciation for diversity and their study of justice to work within their communities and solve societal challenges that bring authentic healing?
ACTION: Social Justice Standards
Nonfiction narrative: Cause & Effect, Figurative Language, Sequencing, SummarizingPerspective: Pakistani
Nonfiction Narrative: Main idea & details, relationship between eventsPerspective: Diversity
Nonfiction Narrative: Figurative Language, Theme, Author's ReasonsPerspective: Indigenous
Nonfiction Narrative: Sequencing, Story Elements, Steps in a Procedure, Emergent Reader StrategiesPerspective: Social Action in an Urban neighborhood
Fiction: Character Analysis, Problem Solution, Sequencing, ThemePerspective: Black American
Fiction: Story Structure, Visual literacy, Perspective: Immigrant
Fiction: Problem/SolutionPerspective: Ghana, Black American
Non-Fiction: Text StructuresPerspective: Indigenous People
This resource helps teachers and parents find books that inspire conversations with children that affirm their lived experiences, encourage a genuine curiosity and love for diversity and inspire them to identify solutions to solve problems in their communities.
If this is your first time hearing about the Social Justice Standards, learn more here.