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EDU 105 - Social Studies for Young Children - Textbook

Module 4 - Part 2

Selecting Reading Materials for Early-Childhood Learners

Work by Jacqueline M. DiSanto is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Learning Outcomes
 

  • Students will identify two books:

    • one that addresses a specific event from one point of view and a second that offers another perspective; or

    • one that showcases a specific person in history and another that showcase someone who is diverse by gender or culture from the same period of time.

  • Create an appropriate activity according to the guidelines given by the instructor.


Book Project


For this project, you must first select a book for early readers that focuses on one historical event or person.  You must also choose a second book that adds a diverse side to the first book.  

For example, and you cannot use this one, if you chose a book on George Washington, you would select one on Betsy Ross.  The idea is to show a person from another gender, race, country, or religion who also had an impact at the time the person from the first book did.

The work you have to hand in for this should not take you long to type.  You should, however, spend time looking for the right pieces for your project.

Using the children's section at a New York Public Library or our very own Hostos Library, the Internet (you can even use www.barnesandnoble.com or www.scholastic.com, or a local bookstore, find the two children's books that you will use for this project.  
 

For each book, please include this information:
 

  • GRADE OR READING LEVEL

  • SUBJECT and TOPIC (the event, issue, or period in time)

  • BOOK 1 TITLE:

  • BOOK 1 AUTHOR:

  • BRIEF SUMMARY:  You can actually cut and paste it or retype it right from the book itself or an online description.

  • DESCRIPTION OF THE MAIN CHARACTER(S): 

  • A PICTURE OF THE COVER OF THE BOOK 


Repeat this for the second book.  

 

Write a three-paragraph explanation of the different perspectives of each book.  Include a discussion of the contributions each made to history and why you feel both were important.   

This must be typed; give the information first and then your explanation.


Please note:  You may NOT use Disney or any series (like the Berenstein Bears, Lemony Snicket, etc.) or books on fictional characters.