Using Literature to Build an Understanding of Law

In a world in which children are expected to know and obey the law, the curriculum is basically devoid of responsibility. How can we hold children responsible for obeying the law when the schools do not include it formally and where many homes pass the job to the schools? Law-related education brings understanding of the law into classrooms.

Below is a list of award-winning books which would lend themselves well to character-building curriculums that focus on Law-Related Education. Most of these books are in your library! (If can't find them, you can order them by clicking the title below and following the links.) The units that compliment and extend them are available online individually or in collections. They represent several different genres! Check out two or three copies of each for your class. Let students choose their favorites and form literature groups. Give them copies of the unit to guide them to find the special treasure inside each book, to develop valuable skills, to problem solve, and to help them work together as a group! Books that are strong in character can reach many "unreachable" children!

Bullying Books for Grades 1-8

Law-Related Novels:

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (A Kids Wings Unit in Roots and Wings contains this classroom unit with scripted mock trial!)

The Big House by Carolyn Coman. (A Kids Wings Unit in Forever Friendships contains this classroom unit with scripted mock trial!)

Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. (A Kids Wings Unit is available in The Ripple Effect)

Sarah, Sissy Weed, and the Ships of the Desert with online mock trial

Toby and the Phantoms of the Fourth Grade by Art Wallace

Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher. When neither the teacher nor a substitute come and the class decides they can do it by themselves, how will the day turn out? Powerful character study! (A Kids Wings Unit in Forged in the Fire contains this classroom unit!)

Junebug by Alice Mead . A boy in the ghetto faces the worst kind of bullying and emerges stronger for the problems. (A Kids Wings Unit in Character Connections contains this classroom unit!)

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