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9 Resources for Finding Multicultural Books for Children

by Marsha Rakestraw According to the latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics, “black, Latino, Asian, and Native American students will together make up a narrow majority of the nation’s public school students,” yet the number of children’s books that feature characters of color are shamefully sparse. Studies show that having multicultural literature…

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14 Children’s Picture Books Exploring Race and Racism

by Marsha Rakestraw Studies show that children can learn racially-biased behaviors as young as three and learn to categorize people by race (non-verbally) at as young as six months. Yet we’re often reluctant to talk about race, or we pretend that being “color blind” is the least harmful choice. It’s vital that we as parents…

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Privilege Global Issues Guide

Find suggested books, websites, articles, videos, lesson plans, activities and other resources to help you learn and/or teach about issues related to privilege (including white privilege).

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Resources: Racism Alphabet

Racism Alphabet

Students explore examples of racism, consider perspectives about racism by writing a story, and discuss ways to eradicate racism in our society. Recommended for grades 8-12. Time: a few class periods

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Reclaiming Billboards

In Your Face: Reclaiming Billboards

Billboards are omnipresent in most communities and on many roadways. These in-our-face ads can have a powerful influence on us. Students explore issues surrounding billboards and the values billboard ads promote and design new billboards that help reclaim their visual space and restore value in their communities and culture. Recommended for grades 9 and up….

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Where Are the People Like Me?

Students assess examples of  media (catalogs, magazines, books, etc.) to consider who is (and isn’t represented) and to explore the impact of lack of diversity in media and their own rich experiences with diversity. Recommended for grades 4-10. Time: 45-60 minutes

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Who’s Missing From Mainstream Media? (lesson plans)

by Marsha Rakestraw A few years ago at our graduate student residency, one of the students led an activity in which small groups looked at the prevalence of men, women, and people of color as authors of articles in different sections of the newspaper, such as Style, Sports, Business, and Arts. They found that men…

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Resources: Me Against My brother

Me Against My Brother: An Exploration of Genocide

Students explore genocide, its broader impacts, and develop a means for taking action to prevent or address genocide. Recommended for grades 8 and up. Time: Several days to several weeks   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grade 8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some…

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Resources: Don't Tread On Me

Don’t Tread on Me: Exploring Oppression

This activity helps students think critically about what oppression is and who gets oppressed, and invites them to consider ways they can promote justice and equality. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 60-90 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12….

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