Book cover of Caged by Kao Kalia Yang, picturing three children flying in the sky alongside yellow birds

Caged: Anti-Bias Lesson for Educators and Caregivers


This AmazeWorks anti-bias lesson on Caged – written by Kao Kalia Yang and illustrated by Khou Vue- contains reflection and discussion questions, journal prompts, extension activities, and more. This poignant picture book shares the story of a young Hmong girl born and raised in a refugee camp who imagines what lies beyond the bounds of its borders. Caged vividly portrays the fear and uncertainty that accompany fleeing war without losing sight of childhood imagination and playfulness. This lesson is recommended for educators and caregivers of children 7 and up, but people of all ages and identities can benefit from its teachings.

Please enjoy the lesson below:

AmazeWorks Anti-Bias Education Model

AmazeWorks Elementary Curriculum is centered around our Anti-Bias Education model, developed from the work of Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards in early childhood, to champion belonging for all.

Anti-Bias Education (ABE) promotes:

  • Empathy and understanding for self and others
  • Healthy and complex identity development
  • Respect across and appreciation of differences
  • The ability to notice, name, and reject bias
  • Responsiveness and taking action against bias, prejudice, and discrimination

Infused within Anti-Bias Education is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). When children engage in discussions around identity, difference, and bias, they are developing and practicing the important SEL skills of:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision-making

We believe this model brings belonging to life for children and adults of all identities and lived experiences. For more anti-bias lessons and resources, visit our blog and our online store.

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