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This chapter focused on the notion of implementing Civil Rights-themed literature with elementary-aged students through interactive read alouds. With traditional pre-packaged scripted curriculum programs, teachers are challenged with implementing additional literature and utilizing resources to promote an expansive variety of learning experiences. Sample texts and interactive activities were addressed and provided for teachers to use as an initial starting point for introducing Civil Rights-themed literature in their classrooms. Lastly, implications for teacher professional development were addressed in an effort to provide teachers and teacher candidates with a space to explore a variety of authentic multicultural children’s literature.


Originally published in: Piper, R. E., Garrison, S., & Morgan, L. (2017). Creating Elementary-Aged Agents of Change: The Impact of Civil Rights-Themed Literature. Texas Association for Literacy Education Yearbook, 45. Retrieved from: