As we head back to school, it seems timely to share some important resources for generating classroom discussion on Social Justice and Empathy.
Titles cover topics ranging from discrimination, racism, human rights, diversity, gender identity, poverty, religion, refugees, residential schools, the differently abled.
Not an exhaustive list, these print titles are currently available in the Vanier collection. There are also eBooks available via the library catalogue.
Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged – Jody Warner
Giant Steps to Change the World – Spike Lee
I have the Right to be a Child – Alain Serres
Across the Alley- Richard Michelson
The Secret of the Dance- Andrea Spalding
As we celebrate including all students in class themes and activities, it is important to recognize and incorporate resources that reflect our student’s diverse families and caregivers. Here’s a list of just some of the titles available at Georges Vanier that we find useful around Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Family:
All Families are Special – N. Simon
Families – S. Rotner
Families, Families, Families – S. Lang
That’s My Mom – H. Barkow
We began a read aloud of Geronimo Stilton’s Mystery in Venice and discovered that students were intrigued by the idea of streets of water. After researching, students built 30cm long cardboard gondolas and with a few props, used Superimpose App to digitally create images of themselves as gondoliers.