Starting with examples from the book Human Rights in Children’s Literature by Jonathon Todres and Sarah Higinbotham, this workshop explores the often subtle verbal and pictorial biases – both positive and negative – found in classical and contemporary children’s literature. Teachers are enabled to recognize these biases in assigned readings and then engage students in discussions of stereotypes. From this base, students explore portrayals in literature and seen on TV, in print advertisements and web-sites that may appear neutral and innocent but are, in fact, accidentally or deliberately biased.
GRADE LEVELS: Primary through High School