Weaving Children’s Literature into Social Studies K–5

J. Multiple Perspectives

Suggested Time: 15 minutes

Materials:

  • books as suggested

Participant Handout

  • A Sampling of Literature to Support an Appreciation of Different Perspectives in Social Studies, Grades K-9 (Appendix XXXIII)
  1. Explain that understanding multiple perspectives is a thread that runs through the curriculum. Review a few titles that support the development of an appreciation for different perspectives. Some of the following might be briefly shared:

    From the book box:
    • River Ran Wild
    • Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World
    • Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish
    • From Far Away
    • Luba and the Wren: A Ukrainian Folktale
    • Enough
    • If The World Were A Village
    • Secret of the Dance
    • Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan
    • Delta is my Home

    Other titles that might also be included:

    • No Two Snowflakes
    • Rabbits
    • Encounter
    • Voices in the Park
    • Two Bad Ants
    • Show and Tell
    • Silver Threads
    • As Long as the Rivers Flow: A last summer before residential school
    • Town Mouse, Country Mouse
    A sample annotated list of titles that support understanding of multiple perspectives is provided in Appendix XXXIII. The document title is A Sampling of Literature to Support an Appreciation of Different Perspectives in Social Studies, Grades K-9 and the filename is Different Perspectives.doc. This should be provided as a handout for participants.
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This resource was developed by ERLC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation.