How to choose Anti-Racist/Anti-bias texts that address social justice
There are plenty of books to choose from, but it's essential to consider representation and bias when selecting a text. To assist with this, there are several helpful anti-racist and anti-bias text evaluation tools available (see below). These guiding questions become your lens for reviewing texts as you become more attuned to these factors. Until then, these questions serve as valuable tools. Here's how I balance my curriculum::
What narratives are we enforcing about the groups of people in the story? What narratives are we enforcing over the curriculum as a whole?
How does this book allow students to critically engage with the world they are inheriting and inspire them to create positive change in their communities?
Does the story show that people who live diverse experiences are the center of the story? Does the stories center and normalize differences?
How is the story relevant to my students’ lives today?
Does my curriculum as a whole affect the different identity groups represented in my classroom?
Does the author have the authority to write about the topic? For example, if the author is not Caribbean, what life experience gives them the authority to write about a Caribbean centered story?