Teaching Self-Expression with Ezra Jack Keats

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Teaching Self-Expression with Ezra Jack Keats

2 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Ezra Jack Keats wrote and illustrated many books in his literary career using a distinctive artistic style. Keats also began creating pieces of children’s literature from what he knew, which was inner city children from many backgrounds and ethnicities. His book, The Snowy Day featuring an African American protagonist came out in 1962 which was a turbulent time for Civil Rights in America. Keats’ books featured predominantly African American children in inner city settings which both caused a stir and opened up dialogue for diversity and common challenges that children face. Using Ezra Jack Keats books in an early childhood setting lends itself to support social and emotional development, respectful interactions between peers, and self-expression.

Learning Outcomes:

  • State the importance of teaching respect for diversity
  • Discuss how teaching diversity changes with age groups
  • Analyze several CDA competency standards with respect to lesson plans and activities
  • Explain the importance of creative and self-expression for young children   


Washington STARS credit:  Curriculum and Learning Environments
 (2 hours)
CDA Unit 3: Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development  (2 hours)

  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool
  • Family Child Care (Mixed-Age)


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