Students understand differences from a very early age. It's important that they are guided to appreciate the beauty diversity can bring to their lives. Diversity influences relationships as we grow and express ourselves with people who are different and similar to us. This work is an important foundation for community building, social emotional learning and building relationship based on empathy, respect, love and understanding. This learning goes beyond differences in identity but also diversity of opinion and the understanding that diversity includes the impact of unequal power dynamics, which we need to think critically about.
DIVERSITY: Social Justice Standards
Fiction: Plot, Metaphors (butterflies & humans migrate)Perspective: Mexican, Immigrant
Fiction: Cause & Effect, Sequencing, Figurative LanguagePerspective: Child of Immigrants
Fiction: Main Idea & Details, Figurative LanguagePerspective: Indigenous
Fiction: Cause & Effect, Sequencing, Figurative LanguagePerspective: Chinese, Child of Immigrants
Fiction: Figurative LanguagePerspective: Living with a speech disability
Autobiography: Figurative Language, Cause and Effect, ThemePerspective: Immigrant, Dual Language Speaker, Chicano
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.