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Anti-Racism Resources for Families
"As long as oppression is present, students need spaces to name, interrogate, resist, agitate and work toward social change."
- Dr. Gholdy Muhammad
- Identity: how does the student's identity connect to the lesson? How can students explore their identities through the content?
- Skills: what content skills will be practiced in the lesson?
- Intellect: what new knowledge will students leave with?
- Criticality: how can we help students examine and understand the content from marginalized perspectives? Criticality is the capacity and ability to read, write, think, and speak in ways to understand power and equity in order to understand and promote anti-oppression.
- Joy: how can we celebrate or find joy to share about marginalized groups?
- Home and Family Connection: how can students connect the lesson to their homes and families?
Guiding Questions as you plan:
What issue is most urgent for students’ learning? How does this issue connect to the world? How can I connect content-learning skills to this issue?
What multimodal text can layer in my lesson or unit plan to teach this topic/issue? Teachers think about print and nonprint texts.
What creative and engaging exercises will I engage students in to teach this topic/issue?
- How can I assess each of the four learning standards?
Identity Through Poetry
Lesson on poetry helps students explore and connect with issues of identity, group membership, and belonging, as well as provide models and inspiration for how they might tell their own stories.
Heritage and Identity Poems for Teens
Browse poems addressing different ways in which culture, family, history, and identity intersect.
Who Am I? Exploring Identity Lesson
This lesson is part of the unit Identity & Community: An Introduction to 6th Grade Social Studies.
"My Name" by Sandra Cisneros
Exploring identity through short story lesson, focuses on tools the writer used to create a visual for the reader. Students write their own identity narratives.
I Am Enough by
This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another comes from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo. We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.
Celebrate Maya Angelou!
Lesson from Teaching Tolerance begins on page 49.
Biography and website of renowned artist, writer, storyteller, and humanitarian Ashley Bryan.
Diverse Books for Students
The Diverse BookFinder is a comprehensive collection of children's picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC).
For Black Girls Like Me by
Makeda June Kirkland is eleven-years-old, adopted, and black. Her parents and big sister are white, and even though she loves her family very much, Makeda often feels left out. When Makeda's family moves from Maryland to New Mexico, she leaves behind her best friend, Lena--the only other adopted black girl she knows--for a new life. In New Mexico, everything is different. At home, Makeda's sister is too cool to hang out with her anymore and at school, she can't seem to find one true friend. Through it all, Makeda can't help wondering: What would it feel like to grow up with a family that looks like me?
Indian No More by
When Regina's Umpqua tribe is legally terminated and her family must relocate from Oregon to Los Angeles, she goes on a quest to understand her identity as an Indian despite being so far from home.
Inside Out and Back Again by
Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee--fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama--this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration.
New Kid by
New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real.
The Other Half of Happy by
Quijana must figure out which parts of herself are most important, and which pieces come together to make her whole. One-half Guatemalan, one-half American: When Quijana's Guatemalan cousins move to town, her dad seems ashamed that she doesn't know more about her family's heritage.
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by
Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, as strong and thoughtful as Merci is, she has never been completely like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students.
Other Words for Home by
gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to the United States,
Pippa Park Raises Her Game by
Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. When Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself. At school, Pippa juggles old and new friends, a crush, and the pressure to get.
A Step from Heaven
At age four, Young Ju moves with her parents from Korea to Southern California. She has always imagined America would be like heaven: easy, blissful, and full of riches. But when her family arrives, she finds it to be the opposite. With a stubborn language barrier and cultural dissimilarities, not only is it impossible to make friends, but even her family's internal bonds are wavering.
The First Rule of Punk by
There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school-you can't fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malo (Maria Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School's queen bee, violates the school's dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk- be yourself.
Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry by
From Coretta Scott King Award-winning creator Ashley Bryan comes a luminously illustrated primer on celebrated African American poets, from A to Z.
Beautiful Blackbird by
A tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia gets new life in this picture book adaptation from Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan about appreciating one's heritage and discovering the beauty within.