Fictional Stories About Racism
- Candy Shop Discussion & Activity Guide
After reading Candy Shop, use these questions and cross-curricular activities to encourage classroom discussion on racism, discrimination, and stereotyping.
- How It Went Down Common Core Teacher's Guide
Use young adult literature to initiate thoughtful classroom discussion about death, loss, friendship, gangs, and racially motivated shootings. An important book about perception and race, How It Went Down is a compelling story about a black teen shot by a white man and the aftermath of this tragedy. This printable teacher's guide to How It Went Down includes discussion questions and writing activities aligned with Common Core State Standards.
- The Lions of Little Rock Common Core Lesson Plans
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine is set in Little Rock, Arkansas one year after the Little Rock Nine integrated Central High School. Enrich your English or history unit by using the novel with these core curriculum lesson plans. Students will examine racial discrimination and social justice while learning how young people can be a part of political change. These lesson plans present discussion questions, activities, and writing prompts that align with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and History and Social Studies for grades 5–7.
- Guardian Reading Guide
Share this reading guide to Julius Lester's Guardian with your students. It includes class discussion questions and extension activities about race, civil unrest, guilt, justice, and right versus wrong that supplement the book.
- These Hands Teacher's Guide
During the 1950s and early 1960s, African American workers at many large-scale bakery factories weren't allowed to work as bread dough mixers or bread dough handlers. These Hands by Margaret H. Mason introduces this labor and civil rights issue to young children. Pair these classroom resources with the story to educate young students about segregation and the history of the civil rights movement in America. This teacher's guide to the children's book includes pre- and post-reading activities plus discussion questions.
- Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children Common Core Lesson Plans
Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley presents students with the untold stories of Thomas Jefferson's enslaved children. Enrich your novel study with discussion questions, activities, and writing prompts aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and History and Social Studies for grades 5–7. Students will discuss prejudice and social class seen from a child's perspective, grapple with the themes of injustice and inequality, and learn about family and friendship in a time of slavery.
- Monster Reading Guide
Spark a spirited debate about the moral and social dilemmas that arise in Walter Dean Myers's Monster with the group discussion questions in this reading guide. Discussion of racism, social injustice, and criminality are covered in this gripping story.
Nonfiction Literature About Racism
- Race: A History Beyond Black and White Teaching Guide
Examine the origins of hate and racism with ten in-depth lesson plans that incorporate historic sources cited in or supported by information in Marc Aronson's Race: A History Beyond Black and White. Each lesson plan in this printable packet includes a synopsis, national standards correlations, a list of materials, a lesson-starter, lesson procedures, an assessment, and a list of historical source materials.
- The Port Chicago 50 Teacher's Guide
Teach students about the worst homefront disaster in World War II through a captivating true story. This teacher's guide for The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin will help students explore the prejudice that black men and women in America's armed forces faced during World War II. Pre- and post-reading activities about heroes, civil rights, and American history correlate with Common Core State Standards.
- Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain Discussion Guide
Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain is a compelling story of Chinese immigration to America. The nonfiction text by Russell Freedman examines the challenges, hardships, violence, and discrimination Chinese immigrants endured. This discussion guide for the book includes Common Core-aligned activities that involve reading, writing, research, poetry, discussion, and role-play about the immigrant experience. Your class will take a virtual field trip to Angel Island, describe the voyage from China to America, learn about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and consider the contributions of Chinese laborers.
- A Wreath for Emmett Till Teacher's Guide
Preparation assignments, group discussion questions about lynching and civil rights, and many other resources are provided in this teacher's guide for A Wreath for Emmett Till, a poem about the murder of an African-American boy. Extension activities for language arts, current events, music, and history will help students understand the context of the poem.
- Slavery & The Civil War – Videos & Activities
Examine the role of slavery in the Civil War and the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation though these educational videos and related activities. Students will learn about abolitionists, Abraham Lincoln, the Underground Railroad, and the 13th amendment. Each video is paired with three extension activities for your classroom.
African-American History, Post-Civil War
Civil Rights Movement
- Teaching About the Civil Rights Movement with Picture Books
Use Granddaddy's Turn and Seeds of Freedom to teach students about the civil rights movement in the United States. These picture books share stories of ordinary people overcoming the constraints of racism that were particularly prevalent in the South during the 1960s. This teaching guide is aligned with Common Core State Standards for grades 3-5. Resources includes language arts activities for before and after reading, book discussion questions, and vocabulary instruction.
Racism, Prejudice & Genocide Across the World
- Holocaust Remembrance – Teacher Resources
Teach your students about the people, places, and events of the Holocaust. Use our printables, references, and articles to broaden your students' knowledge of this horrific time-period.
- The Soccer Fence Common Core Teacher's Guide
This teacher's guide to The Soccer Fence: A story of friendship, hope, and apartheid in South Africa contains reading, writing, and literacy activities aligned to Common Core State Standards for grades 2-5. Through this historical fiction picture book, students will learn how the power of sports helped unite South Africans.
- Golden Boy Discussion Guide
This printable discussion guide for Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan includes discussion questions, Common Core-aligned extension activities, and a project idea for the arts. Students will research albinism, write from a character's point of view, and examine the use of figurative language in the text. The fictional novel will introduce teen readers to the real-life prejudice and harrowing violence towards albinos in contemporary Tanzania.
- Between Shades of Gray Discussion Guide
Engage students in a thought-provoking study of Lithuanian history and the Soviet gulag system with this literature guide for Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys. This teacher's guide includes discussion questions, extension activities, and recommended resources to accompany the book.
Examining Beliefs & Biases