Abstract 11- Volume 1, Number 3, Summer 2006

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 1, Number 3, Winter 2006



Notable Trade Book Lesson: Be My Neighbor

Dawn T. Corso
The University of Arizona


The following lesson is an example of how to begin a unit of study on cultural universals through the accessibility of quality literature. Be My Neighbor (2004) by Maya Ajmera and John Ivanko is an NCSS Notable Book (2005) that attempts to bring the world closer to readers’ homes and lives through the theme of being a neighbor to people around the world; the book provides vivid examples of cultural universals related to the theme. Following the lesson are ideas for developing related instructional units and relevant websites and literature to assist in creating such a curriculum.

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About the Author(s)…

Dawn Corso earned her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in socio-cultural perspectives in education. Her academic background revolves around anthropology, ethnomusicology, and educational psychology, especially as they relate to student learning and classroom practices. Dr. Corso has spent time as an elementary music teacher and classroom teacher. Most recently, she has served as a professor for the Department of Teaching and Teacher Education at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She teaches social studies, reading, and writing methods for elementary pre-service teachers and action research methods for secondary graduate students, supervises elementary student teachers, and continues to pursue research regarding learning and education as they relate to cultural factors. Contact information: dcorso@u.arizona.edu, The University of Arizona.