This book was one of the first books I ever read with a class to explore social justice and diversity issues; and I have loved it ever since! Want to know why I use picture books in my classroom? Check out my blog post all about it here! Otherwise, go ahead and check out the lesson outline I have included with this book below!
Essential Question/Big Idea
Inspired by the true story of Iqbal Masih, a boy from Pakistan who fought for the rights of child laborers, this tale follows Nadeem. Nadeem is a youngster being forced to work in a carpet factory under inhumane conditions in order to repay a “loan” made to his parents. His life changes forever after he meets Iqbal, who informs him of a new law that will enable all children to stop working and attend school. Nadeem eventually gathers the courage to leave the factory along with the other youngsters – School Library Journal
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We are learning from a biography how someone takes a stand for what is right.
- News Report or Editorial
- Persuasive or Advocacy Letter
- Human Interest Story
Shared Reading Texts that go along with this book
- UNs Rights of a Child (included at the end of the book)
- Craig Keilburger Biography