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Transcript of Social Justice
This is a presentation of:
engaging literary tools, materials, and activities
real life application
The end aim is to create a set of resources and classroom applications to educate and empower children around advocacy for those in need and specifically individuals faced with homelessness and poverty.
Educating children about these societal tensions is a great way to encourage
for change. It is important to
expand children’s worldview
since many children are unaware of their privileges and opportunities. Looking at other children with bigger life obstacles students can gain a new understanding of the perspectives of others.
Related Children's Literature
Quick Read Picture Books
Fly Away Home Eve Bunting
Can Man, Laura Williams
A Shelter in Our Car, Monica Gunning
Rich, Nikki Grimes
Family Under the Bridge, Natalie Savage Carlson
Books for Older Students
Homecoming Cynthia Voigt
Almost Home, Joan Bauer
Runaways, Keith Elliot Greenberg
Why do people live on the streets? Kay Stearman
No Place to Be: Voices of Homeless Children Judith Berck
Literature Circles, Book Groups
Research Facts and/or Organizations Reacting to Homelessness and Poverty
Create Posters Raising Awareness
Exploration through the Art
News Article about local or global related issues
Write Letter to the Homeless
Create Narrative or poem from the eyes of a homeless person
Writing Curriculum: Close to Home (Free!)
Volunteering in community
Lesson Plans Online
Illinois State Board of Education
Additional Lesson Resource List
Information and Resource Links
Awareness of Need within community
Students can engage with charities locally
Encourages advocacy and support for community members
1. America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010
State Report Card on Child Homelessness.
National Center on Family Homelessness.
2. Hassig, R. (2012). Harmony with Voice: Poetry with a Purpose .
School Library Monthly.
Vol. 28 (6).
There are also a wide variety of online resources with links and information provided under Teaching and Class Resources.
Exploring Homelessness and Poverty
Homelessness throughout the Country
Map and State Facts
Map Marking Media and Statistic Reports on Increase and Decreases in Homelessnesss
Increases In Child Homelessness
Country Fact Sheet
Programs to Aid Homeless Like
Durham Cafe for Change
Increase awareness of the global world, expand students' worldview
Awareness of Global events surrounding poverty and homelessness
Learn about international charities and nonprofit organizations
An Example of the Power of Integration
Harmony with Voice
Middle School students from paired with a local writer and Kansas for a poetry unit. This expanded into a unit focused on writing poetry for women at a local homeless shelter. Student writing flourished and it became
poetry with a purpose.
This developed into student writers pairing with student artists to create a piece of pottery to be auctioned or given away.
The school was recognized with the Sara Jaffarian Award and raised $3,900 at the auction in two years!
"Here was an opportunity for students to learn and help someone at the same time—to raise voices for those less fortunate."
More Books and Summaries:
The Broad Impacts of Homelessness in our nation leave implications for educators.
1.6 million American children,
or one in 45 children, are homeless in a year.
Children experiencing homelessness suffer from hunger, poor physical and emotional health, and missed educational opportunities.
A majority of these children have limited educational proficiency in math and reading.
• The risks for child homelessness—such as extreme poverty and worst case housing needs—have worsened with the economic recession.
Planning and policy activities remain limited. Sixteen states have done no planning related to child homelessness, and only seven states have extensive plans.
1. National Center on Family Homelessness
Thank you for taking the time to review these resources and consider why homelessness and poverty may have a valuable place in the curriculum. Personally, I have always felt drawn to help those in need, especially the homeless and poverty stricken. I am a strong advocate in supporting people so that they can regain their lives. I feel that children have a wonderful ability to care for others and this should be encouraged within an educational setting. Although I do not have personal classroom experience in this topic, I can say that I feel it provides a strong platform for teaching social justice and encouraging empathy and advocacy.
If you have any further questions or would like some of the material I provided feel free to e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Hassig, R.
Interactive Games (younger and older students)
Informational Interactive Websites: A Good Resource for Older Students and Great Extension Opportunity
Interactive Game Highlighting the Challenges of Expense of Living
Interactive History of Poverty in New York City
Interactive Web Documentary About Housing Projects in Canada, athome.nfb.ca/
K, 1, 2 Lesson
3, 4, Lesson Example
5, 6 Lesson Example
Lesson One: Students will be able to give two reasons why people can be homeless.
Assessment: A Exit Card in which the children draw at least two pictures and/or write reasons people can be homeless
Lesson Two: Students will understand that it takes time to collect something (like money in jar).
Students will be able to count number between from 1-500.
Assessment: Students will verbally share with the teacher how long they think it would take to fill the jar, check sheet will be used to record quality of answers.
Students wil be able to count the items they place in a jar.
Lesson Three: Students will be able to share why an item is their favorite and why they are thankful for it.
Assessment: Students will verbally share with the teacher, answer will be recorded on the back of their pictures.
Activity 1:Students will be able to explain why a certain items in a home are important.
Assessment: Students will either write a list of these ideas, include explanatory labels in their project, or verbally share their thinking with a teacher.
Activity 2: Students will be able to craft a letter following expected structure.
Students demonstrate an understanding of Shoniqua's situation.
Assessment: Student Letters.
"No Place To Be: Voices of Homeless Children"
Learning Objectives: Students will understand the implications of homelessness on children.
Students will demonstrate understanding of a character's perspective a character from a text.
Assessment: Students will share their character's experience and perspective by:
writing a piece from the perspective of the character they selected from "No Place To Be: Voices of Homeless Children",
creating a poster sharing their character's experience and perspective
verbally sharing the experience through the perspective of the child,
or creating a visual representation of a child with an accompanying written or verbal explanation of how it represents what the child went through.
As a class the first chapter of "No Place to Be: Voices of Homeless Children" will be read. Then students will have time to look over the book and select a child they would like to focus on. The activity options will then be explained and the students will begin their independent work.
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