Social Justice

Social Justice

Overview

I have decided to create a multiple text set on social justice for grades 9-12. Using classic literature and contemporary fiction in conjunction with news articles and media, social justice and injustice can be examined and critically evaluated.
The AASL (American Association of School Librarians) provides the following standards for the 21st Century Learner. Learners use skills, resources and tools to:
1. Inquire, think critically and gain knowledge
2. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations and create new knowledge
3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society
4. Pursue and personal and aesthetic growth
Critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze and evaluate literature and media are of great importance as our society become more diverse. The ability of our students to use these skills and resources has an effect on our society and culture. As a librarian, offering student’s material that covers a multitude of perspectives while connecting them with information that is personally and culturally relevant is my goal for this text set.
This set contains materials of a variety of reading levels to connect social justice issues with 21st century information literacy skills. I am currently a public librarian and plan on working a school library media specialist in a high school setting. This set can be used for information literacy in conjunction with a civics curriculum. The six novels in this set can also be used as selections for a social justice book club. Creating opportunities for students to engage in ongoing cultural and social justice conversations allows for personal growth and contributes to the exchange of ideas beyond the classroom or library.

Description of Students

9-12 High School Students

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