- I would use this book in the beginning on the school year as a read aloud to teach the students tolerance in the classroom. I want the students to understand that there is no reason for teasing and name calling especially in “our” classroom. After the read alond we would have a class discussion about the book and hurting peoples feelings.
- It also can be used to show that everyone is different and its ok to be different. And as a class we could sit in a circle and tell something that makes us different from the rest and how that makes us all special. This is another activity that would be done in the beginning of the school year. This activity can also help us introduce ourselves in the beginning of the school year.
- You can also have the kids go back to ther seats and write a letter to Tricia letting her know that its okay to be different and that she is not alone. Or they can also write about how they would feel if they were in Tricia's shoes.
- Tolerance (social studies)
- Class room behaviors
- Self esteem (social issues)
Social Justice Education:
- Self love and acceptance: This book shows the students that its ok to be different and that they sohould love themselves for who they are.
- Respect for others: This book skows how they should have respect for others that are different then them reguardless of the difference and that everone should be treated the same way
- Exploring issues of social justice: This book taught them how it felt to be put down all the time. It shouwed them a form of oppression.
- Social movements and social change: This book really doesn't fit into this area of social justice.
- Taking social action: This may show the students that its not right to tease and put other peole down. If they see that happening to someone one day they will have the strengh to help that person out that is getting teased and teach the peson who is doing the teasing something new.