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CHILDREN’S LITERATURE TASK 1 LESSON PLAN THEMATIC ANALYSIS LESSON PLANName: Misty MooreID: 001217304Date: February25, 2020Course Information: C970 Children’s LiteraturePART A: SELECTED ILLUSTRATED BOOK WITH POSITIVE DIVERSE REPRESENTATION FOR PART B DISCUSSION & PART C LESSON PLANThe book I chose for this task is, “New Shoes” by Susan Lynn MeyerPART BPart B1-B1a: Positive Diverse RepresentationDiversity is represented positively through the two main characters in the book “New Shoes.” Ella Mae and Charlotte are two young ladies confronted with discriminatory unequal treatment at Johnson’s shoe store. Ella Mae was not allowed to try on shoes the same way as white customers and had to wait until after the white child and her father leftthe store before receiving service. Knowing this was not right, the two young characters decide to change the unjust system in a positive way by opening their own shoe store. In Ella Mae and Charlotte’s shoe store, anyone that enters can try on shoes. The text states, “in our store, anyone who walks in the door can try on all the shoes they want.” (Meyer,2016, pg. 35) The girls actions represent a change within their community in an unfair world. Students can gain better perspective of the world by viewing diversity through the eyes ofElla Mae and Charlotte. These two young girls were refused the opportunity to try on shoes because of their race. Students reading “New Shoes” will gain perspective of Ella Mae and Charlotte’s struggles. The discrimination Ella Mae and Charlotte suffered when denied the right to try on shoes because of the color of their skin is a very real. The students will recognize and understand that Ella Mae and Charlotte took a stand and offered people of color the same opportunity as the white customers to be treated fair and equal when buying a pair of shoes. This act of bravery was monumental to people of color in their community. After reading “New Shoes” Students should be able to recognize a time they were treated unfair and they may think twice about treating other’s unfair in the future.
Part B2-B2a: Literary Theme & Literary ElementThe literary theme I would like to discuss is courage in the face of adversity. In the book “New Shoes,” both characters had to overcome adversity when they were denied the rightto try on shoes at Johnson’s shoe store. Ella Mae saw how white people were treated in the store compared to how she was treated. Ella Mae and her mom were first to enter the shoe store, yet they had to wait for service until the white customers were gone. When it was finally Ella Mae’s turn, she had to trace her foot on a paper to get her size. “Paper and Pencil are over there, gal,” Mr. Johnson says to mama. (Meyer, 2016, pg. 14) She was not allowed to try the shoes on because of the color of her skin.