7 Paving the Way

Ontario
British Columbia
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Waterfront Theatre
$17 / $9.50

It’s never too soon for children to learn that they have the power to make a difference. Nor is it ever too soon for them to discover their capacity for resilience. Monica Kulling shares the inspiring true story of Mother Jones and her march to end child labour, as told by two fictitious eight-year-olds who wish they could go to school but are instead working 12 hour days in a cotton mill. World traveller Margriet Ruurs provides kids with a better understanding of the Syrian refugee crisis by following one family’s journey as they flee on foot from the ravages of civil war in search of freedom in Europe. Young people often feel powerless, but these two authors are keen to prove they are anything but.It’s never too soon for children to learn that they have the power to make a difference. Nor is it ever too soon for them to discover their capacity for resilience.

Suitable for Grades 2-5

Books: 

  • On Our Way to Oyster Bay, Monica Kulling
  • Stepping Stones, Margriet Ruurs

Curriculum Connections:

  • Global awareness, Geography, History

Activities:

In some countries, people learn about the rights of children through advertisements in the newspaper, or on the radio or television. Ask students working in small groups to create an advertisement for one of the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (e.g. posters, skits, songs or other forms). Ask each group to perform or exhibit their ideas for the class as a whole.