This is the thirteenth, and final, lesson in the Reading Ads with a Social Justice Lens series. This lesson gives students a chance to reflect on what they have learned. By working collaboratively to create their own advertisements, children will not only synthesize their understanding of the topics, but also show that they are thinkers as well as activists.
To teach about the importance of kindness, I first choose a story in which children are putting down others— for example, The Only Boy in the Ballet Class, by Denise Gruska, or Oliver Button is a Sissy, by Tomie dePaola.
In this lesson, students will hear a story about a small town and five friends who have different shapes, sizes, colors, and talents and will make body tracings that illustrate their unique shape and size. This lesson is designed to help children celebrate their differences, sizes, and body types. Children will recognize that people vary in many ways and those differences make all of us individuals.
This lesson lets students examine what it means to be a friend and explore ways in which people can make friends. The lesson explores stories that tell of building barriers between groups, such as the story presented in Spanish and English, "Papalotzin and the Monarchs/Papalotzin y las monarcas" and/or the folk tale "Old Joe and the Carpenter." You may adapt this lesson to discuss anti-bullying messages.