Teaching Toward Justice

Curated Resources on Antiracism for English Teachers and Teacher Educators

 

MCTE’s diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity (dije) subcommittee has curated resources for Michigan PreK-16 English teachers and teacher educators to help them make choices for their classroom centered on justice as enacted through antiracism. We have selected lessons, videos, movies, articles, websites, books, book lists, podcasts, and curated resource lists. While we have tried to make the list expansive, it is not comprehensive to the many materials that can be found on the internet because it would be impossible to include all those here.

Our hope is that these resources will inspire teachers to engage in antiracism and justice, and develop their literacy in racial justice in their curricular, pedagogical, and assessment decisions. To search for resources, start with your understanding of antiracism and your readiness to learn, be an ally, or be a co-conspirator.

Classroom Lessons

If you are looking for lessons and ready-to-use resources for implementing antiracist, inclusive teaching practices, see these resources.

CHOOSE

CHOOSE offers racial literacy lesson plans created by teachers. Filter lesson plans by grade and/or subject area. CHOOSE was started by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi, authors of Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity.

The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project launched in August 2019 with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, including essays and creative works by journalists, historians, and artists. The project illuminates the legacy of slavery in the contemporary United States, and highlights the contributions of Black Americans to every aspect of American society. Click on Curricular Resources to find lessons and units for the 1619 Project.

Learning for Justice

Learning for Justice seeks to uphold the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center: to be a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements and advance the human rights of all people. They offer free educational resources for educators.

Inclusive Teaching at U-M

The Inclusive Pedagogies committee at the University of Michigan built and continues to coordinate this website. The website offers a database of instructional resources including definitions and elements of inclusive teaching, scripts and videotaped simulations of key activities, reflections and advice from journeyed faculty, and narratives from students about their experiences.

The Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Collective (ARTLC)

ARTLC, founded in Connecticut, brings together students, youth organizers, teachers, and teacher educators to develop model antiracist curricula. Their lesson database can be filtered by subject area.

An Educator’s Guide to “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You”

A curricular guide for Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi has been created for educators and students by Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul, senior research associate at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.

Resources for Teaching About Race and Racism With The New York Times

This is a curated collection of over 75 lesson plans, writing prompts, short films and graphs relating to racism and racial justice.

Educator Resources

Review the entry points below to find reading, listening, and viewing materials to help you make choices in your classroom that are inclusive and antiracist.

Ready to Learn

If you are asking questions about what antiracism is or want to understand more about how racism manifests in the English Language Arts classroom, check out these resources.

Reading up on race? Here are more than 30 Michigan authors to check out  Michigan Radio

Social Justice & Anti‐Racist Educator Resources – Michigan  Rochester Education Association

How Did We Get Here? Gillian B. White for The Atlantic

Being Antiracist | National Museum of African American History and Culture  Angela Y. Davis for the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Why White Students Need Multicultural and Social Justice Education | Cult of Pedagogy Sheldon Eakins for Cult of Pedagogy

26 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students – The New York Times  Michael Gonchar for The New York Times

Social Justice Resources – Children’s Community School  Children’s Community School

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup — Pretty Good  Katrina Michie for Pretty Good Design

4 Ways Racial Inequity Harms American Schoolchildren  Jeffery Pierre for NPR

15 Classroom Resources for Discussing Racism Policing, and Protest  Sarah Schwartz for EdWeek Blog

The Anti-Racist Educator  Co-Founders: Mélina and Hashim

Racism-interruptions  Oregon Center for Educational Equity

Three Miles – This American Life  Ira Glass

Teaching While White Podcast  Co-Founders: Jenna Chandler-Ward and Elizabeth Denevi

Code Switch : NPR  Co-Hosts Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji

Booklists – Social Justice Books  Teaching for Change

Disrupt Texts  Tricia Ebarvia, Lorena Germán, Dr. Kimberly N. Parker, Julia E. Torres

Becoming Anti-Racist ELA Teachers  Drs. Michelle M. Falter, Chandra L. Alston, Crystal Chen Lee

Ready to Be an Ally

If you want to know what you can do to make changes in your classroom (and your life) so that you are consciously choosing antiracism, click that you are ready to be an ally.

Social Justice & Anti‐Racist Educator Resources – Michigan  Rochester Education Association

These Bones Kayla Chenault

What the Eyes Don’t See Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

American Street  Ibi Zoboi

Nic Stone: Read Books About Black People Living—Not Just Racism  Nic Stone for Cosmo

Segregation Now — How ‘Separate and Equal’ is Coming Back – The Atlantic  Nikole Hannah-Jones for The Atlantic

Resources – justice.education  ELA Teacher Educators Social Justice Commission

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements  Walidah Imarisha, adrienne maree brown, Editors

Milliken v. Bradley : Throughline : NPR  Throughline (NPR)

We Are in the Future – This American Life  Ira Glass

How Did We Get Here? Gillian B. White for The Atlantic

Being Antiracist | National Museum of African American History and Culture  Angela Y. Davis for the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Why White Students Need Multicultural and Social Justice Education | Cult of Pedagogy Sheldon Eakins for Cult of Pedagogy

15 Classroom Resources for Discussing Racism Policing, and Protest  Sarah Schwartz for EdWeek Blog

The Anti-Racist Educator  Co-Founders: Mélina and Hashim

Code Switch : NPR  Co-Hosts Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji

Disrupt Texts  Tricia Ebarvia, Lorena Germán, Dr. Kimberly N. Parker, Julia E. Torres

Becoming Anti-Racist ELA Teachers  Drs. Michelle M. Falter, Chandra L. Alston, Crystal Chen Lee

Ready to Be a Co-Conspirator

If you are ready to give up your own privilege and take risks for others—students and colleagues who have been traditionally marginalized—click that you are ready to be a co-conspirator.

Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy  Dr. April Baker-Bell

Letting Go of Literary Whiteness  Drs. Carlin Borshein-Black & Sophia Sarigianides

We Want to Do More Than Survive  Dr. Bettina Love

Teaching the Canon in 21st Century Classrooms – Challenging Genres  Drs. Katy Macaluso & Michael Macaluso, Editors

Below the Surface: Talking with Teens about Race, Ethnicity, and Identity  Drs. Deborah Rivas-Drake and Adriana Umaña-Taylor

How to Be an Antiracist  Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Michigan Connections

These books, including pedagogical texts, take place in Michigan, and/or are by Michigan authors, and/or are about Michiganders. We have attempted to highlight Black and Indigenous authors, but know that there are many, regrettably, that we have missed.

Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy  Dr. April Baker-Bell

The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games  Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Letting Go of Literary Whiteness  Drs. Carlin Borshein-Black & Sophia Sarigianides

What the Eyes Don’t See Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

These Bones Kayla Chenault

American Street  Ibi Zoboi

X: A Novel Ilyasah Shabazzand Kekla Magoon

Unashamed: Musings of a Fat Black Muslim  Leah Vernon

Firekeeper’s Daughter and Warrior Girl Unearthed  Angeline Boulley