Our final reading unit of the year is a focus on “social issues” in texts. Because so many of our read alouds and shared texts this year were filled with social issues, this was a great unit to finish out the year . . . we had lots of fun thinking back to some of our favorite books and talking about what “issues” writers choose to put in books for intermediate students–and why they chose them!
Together, we came up with a list of issues found in children’s books, and I added some additional ideas off a list I found. It was interesting to hear students’ ideas on WHY certain themes come up time and time again. In a nutshell, the students all agreed that writers want kids to think about, read about, and talk about these important topics–and that by doing so, they might better be able to understand themselves and the people around them. We’ve read a pretty lengthy list of books this year and keep track on a chart…so it was GREAT to be able to revisit the list and remember what we have read. Check out this list of “social issues” we come up with together.
NOTE: I shared “Fly Away Home” by Eve Bunting the day after we made this, so I added “homelessness” to the chart as well!