Issues in Action (Read Woke Books)
The free, downloadable Read Woke Teaching Guide helps educators and parents prepare for having conversations around race and racism and to evaluate books according to Five Pillars of Read Woke. Discussion questions and learning opportunities help students unpack the content of Read Woke Books and empower students to take action. The guide was created by Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul, educator, author, co-founder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy, and Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University.
Stamped (For Kids) Educator's Guide
Stamped (For Kids) traces the history of race and racism throughout the United States of America. It spotlights the work of antiracists and those who have resisted the racist ideas and policies that shape this nation.
Too often, the texts young readers access to learn about the history of the United States present a fractured version of the truth that does not always shed light on the ways racism has driven the actions of individuals, groups of people and institutions of the nation as well as the work of antiracists who confront these unsettling truths. Stamped (For Kids) makes these truths transparent revealing both the painful and promising history of this nation.
IN UNSPEAKABLE, author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide young readers with the unsettling truths about the history of the United States and the impact of white supremacy and racism. Too often educators and caregivers believe that children are too young for these truths about race and racism, when in reality, they have hardly been
a secret. As truth seekers, children are always looking to make sense of the world around them.
Revolution In Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People
Revolution in Our Time provides a powerful learning experience for students and can be utilized in several ways. It can be read in a four- to six-week unit about the Black Panther Party. Educators can also thread chapters and sections from Revolution in Our Time to support units about chattel slavery, the Revolutionary War and the founding of America, the Civil War, the Reconstruction era, and the civil rights movement. Revolution in Our Time can also be used to help students learn about topics such as civic engagement, activism and social movements, solidarity, police brutality, and systemic racism.
Stamped Educator's Guide
A curricular guide for Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, geared for educators and students, ages 12 and up. This guide suggests a month-long approach to reading and discussing Stamped with middle-school and high-school readers in English, English Language Arts, Social Studies, History, and Humanities classrooms.
Drop the Mic - Middle School
Today is a time of great disruption and, hopefully, change. People around
the world are finding their voices and using them to speak up for what they believe in or to discuss their experiences. Children and teens are among them, reckoning with events unfolding that greatly affect them, and adjusting to
new schedules and realities. Kids are eager to discuss and share ideas, to ask questions and learn from new sets of circumstances.
Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor is one of the greatest classic texts for young readers. The purpose of this educator’s guide is to support students as scholars, researchers, and, as educator Ernest Morell states, “producers and consumers of knowledge.” This guide engages young readers as knowledge-holders and supports their thinking about the book and the world. Educators and caregivers are encouraged to guide students in discourse and collective meaning-making that supports them in developing a deepened understanding of the systemic racism of the past and how it thrives in the present. It is through such reading and discourse that students can develop the tools they’ll need to become agents of change who work to disrupt oppression in all of its forms.
The Black Friend
In The Black Friend, Frederick Joseph writes that the purpose of this book is to help white people
actively work to solve “problems created and perpetuated by white people” (p. 2). Therefore, this
book doesn’t just benefit white students. It is also beneficial for white educators.
Drop the Mic - High School
Today is a time of great disruption and, hopefully, change. People around the world are finding their voices and using them to speak up for what they believe in or to discuss their experiences. Children and teens are among them, reckoning with unfolding events that greatly affect them and adjusting to new schedules and realities. Kids are eager to discuss and share ideas, to ask questions and learn from new sets of circumstances.