Lessons for Life
Given their strong tendency to internalize, young children are extremely vulnerable to bias and stereotypes. And that vulnerability can turn into bias-based attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that last a lifetime. With the assistance of our early childhood curriculum, teachers can address potential issues before they become lasting problems.
The curriculum includes:
- 40 high-quality trade books
- Lesson plans with open-ended discussion questions
- Cross-curricular activities
- Parent engagement support
- Curriculum guides for teachers
Recently updated through the Human-Centered Design process, the AmazeWorks Elementary Curriculum empowers teachers and children to co-create classrooms of equity and belonging where children feel valued, respected, and connected by engaging in intentional, regular discussions about identity, differences, and bias.
This research-based curriculum is grounded in anti-bias education theory and presents diversity through the lens of family.
The PreK – 5 curriculum:
- Fosters social-emotional learning through the lens of anti-bias education.
- Is literature-based and includes 20 high-quality trade books per grade level, written from authentic voice whenever possible.
- Includes two printed curriculum guides with lesson plans for each book with discussion questions, journal prompts, and follow-up activities for each unit.
- Covers a wide range of identities, family structures, and lived experiences, including race/ethnicity, immigration, religion, socio-economics, disabilities, gay/lesbian/transgender family members, divorce/blended, aging, foster care, incarceration, death, deployment, and adoption.
- Includes a Scope and Sequence and literacy alignment.
- Is aligned with Common Core standards.
- Can be used in small and large group settings.
The AmazeWorks Middle School Curriculum:
- Engages middle school students to consider:
- Who do I want to be in this world?
- How do I want to be in this world?
- How do I want others to see me?
- Fosters students’ social-emotional skills through the lens of anti-bias education.
- Is literature and video-based.
- Includes lesson plans for each book/video with discussion questions, journal prompts, and optional follow-up activities.
- Embeds and combines anti-bias education and culturally responsive teaching.
- Covers a wide range of identities and lived experiences, allowing students to see themselves reflected in classroom materials and to understand the experiences of others.
- Can be used in an advisory, homeroom, or classroom setting.