Anti-bias Reading List Project
What is an “Annotated Bibliography”? Scroll down for more detail!
Anti-bias education in the news. Read these articles first to gain perspective on this issue. I expect to see evidence you read these articles in your assignment (scroll down for details).
- No LGBTQ books in Kalamazoo, Michigan
- Implicit bias in children’s books
- Ways to reduce racial bias in children
- How banning books marginalizes children
- Ten quick ways to analyze children’s books for sexism and racism
Why? Anti-bias education has four goals:
- Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.
- Each child will express comfort and joy with human diversity, accurate language for human differences, and deep and caring human connections.
- Each child will learn to recognize unfairness, have language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts.
- Each child will demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions.
- You might try reading this article (anti bias classrooms) or this one, Teaching children to understand and accept differences.
- Click on lists (below) to check on hundreds of books for the multicultural classroom. There are also documentaries or films that may be appropriate, but generally, the younger the student, the more likely you will be using print resources.
- Create a list of 5-10 potential books to use in your classroom (Pre K-5th grade) or 3-5 books, videos, or other resources (grades 6-12).
- Write an annotation for each that highlights the value of this as an anti-bias addition to a classroom library.
- After your annotated entries, write a paragraph (or more!) response about what you personally gained from this assignment and how you can apply it to your role as a teacher.
Here’s what an annotated bibliography looks like (click here!)
You can also use this as a quick reference:
- An annotated bibliography is a summary and brief evaluation of a source. In this case, you will summarize/evaluate a book for your classroom.
- To summarize, consider the main points of each book or what topics are covered.
- To evaluate, consider the usefulness or accuracy of the source. How does it compare to the other sources? How will this source be useful — how might you use it?