Big Idea: Take a Stand for Justice 1.1

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

How can we learn from others in order to take a stand for what is right?

Read Aloud #1:book, read aloud, the carpet boy, social justice


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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Learning Goal:

We are learning to use a (writing genre) to take a stand for what is right.
We are learning from a biography how someone takes a stand for what is right.


Writing Genre:

  • News Report or Editorial
  • Biography
  • Persuasive or Advocacy Letter
  • Human Interest Story

Shared Reading Texts that go along with this book

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