Teaching Civics with Children’s Literature: Me Too!

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Introduction and Summary
Me Too!
, written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer is an adorable book about Little Critter trying do the right thing while learning how to share with his little sister.  He tries to go about each day enjoying the things he loves to do (by himself), but his little sister wants to follow along and do everything with him.  Little Critter is faced with situations where he has to decide if he wants to do what is right by others or if he wants to do what makes him happy.  Little Critter explains, “I went hiking with my friends and my little sister said, “Me too!”  I had to carry her because she got tired.”  Each time he practices self-control and always helps, shares, or is kind to his little sister.  In the end he sees that his kind actions are reciprocated.

Curriculum Connections
Me Too! is a great resource to use to exemplify to young students the characteristics of a good citizen.  It demonstrates traits such as taking turns, sharing, helping others, and practicing self-control (Social Science SOL K.8).  This book also touches on Family Life programs by teaching and modeling courteous behaviors and good manners (Family Life SOL K.2).  It also helps students become aware of the effects that their behaviors have on others as well as how others’ behaviors effect them (Family Life SOL K.3).  Lastly students will develop an awareness of many positive ways that families show respect and appreciation for one another (Family Life SOL K.6).

Additional Resources  

  • Good Citizen Award is a handout that allows students to nominate who they think is a good citizen and the reasons why.
  • Good Citizens In Action is a lesson plan for Kindergarten that teaches about the attributes and actions of a good citizen.
  • Be A Good Citizen With Miss Rumphius is a webquest that explores ways to be a good citizen.

General Information
Book: Me Too!
Author: Mercer Mayer
Illustrator: Mercer Mayer
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 24
Grade Range: K-2
ISBN: 0307119416