In the article, author Peter Cipparone discusses the importance of integrating children’s literature into social students that allows student to extend their critical thinking. Cipparone does not believe that students should learn the history about immigration, but also connect hidden messages in children’s literature to modern day immigration and the issues that arise from this concept. Reading students books that pertain to immigration does not only provide a real life situation from the perspective of an immigrant themselves, but allows students to feel empathy for these people, as well as connecting it to their own life experiences. This article is a useful resource for teachers because it allows for rich classroom discussion and promotes higher level thinking by connecting past issues and literature to current immigration issues faced today.
Keywords: immigration, children’s literature, social students, inquiry based learning