GUIDED ANTI-BIAS/ANTI-RACIST READING | GRADES K+
This lesson is a guided reading experience designed to accompany Jamia Wilson’s picture
book T he ABCs of AOC. Lesson content was written by Maya Young as part of her work in the Social Justice in K12 Education course at Portland State University. This is a Read+Discuss lesson.
This guided reading lesson is designed to be part of a larger life-long commitment to
anti-racist teaching and learning for students and facilitators. Reading Is Resistance sees
reading as an opportunity to seed deeper conversations and opportunities for action around
racial equity in our communities. We hold the belief that being anti-racist is a process of
learning (and unlearning) over time.
The Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards (focused on Identity, Diversity, Justice, and
Action) serve as guides for our work.
TEACHING TOLERANCE STANDARDS REFERENCED IN THIS LESSON
The Teaching Tolerance Standards and Domains referenced in this lesson are for Grades 3-51.
This book, however, can be used with a wide range of ages. The following domains were used to create discussion questions for this book. Discussion is focused on building anti-racist vocabulary and concepts, practicing anti-bias conversations, reflecting on identity, and building critical thinking skills.
Diversity Domain #6:
I like knowing people who are like me and different
from me, and I treat each person with respect.
Diversity Domain #8:
I want to know more about people’s lives and experiences,
and I know how to ask questions respectfully and listen carefully and non-judgmentally.
Identity Domain #2:
I know about my family history and cultures and about current and past contributions of people in my main identity groups.
Welcome to Reading Is Resistance for Picture Book Readers. We are reading T he ABCs of
AOC by Jamia Wilson.
In T he ABCs of AOC, author Jamia Wilson educates young readers on the letters of the
alphabet while providing additional background on the life and values of Congresswoman
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ocasio-Cortez, often referred to by her initials AOC, is a present-day politician and activist that is well-known for her passion, tenacity, and desire to create change.
She is the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress after getting elected in 2016 at the age of 29. Additionally, she is one of 39 other Latinx people to currently serve in Congress. Since her election, she has been a strong advocate for many progressive movements and platforms including Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, abolishing I.C.E., free college and trade school, and higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires. This book covers many of these ideals and more in a simplistic and comprehensible manner that will inspire young readers everywhere.
ACCESS THE READ ALOUD
Here is a YouTube Read Aloud of A BCs with AOC from Learning at Home with Malia.
What does AOC’s values say about who she is and her identity?
How does AOC’s belief in equality and diversity impact her decisions in congress?
What issues were brought up in this book? What is AOC trying to solve while she is in
AOC’s upbringing, values, and identity guide her mission as a U.S. Representative. How
does your upbringing, values, and identity guide your life?
ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES
Make an ABCs book of important values, places, topics, and passions with your child.
You can see an example here and even download the free book pages at the bottom of the page.
Explore different activist ventures with your child. Some activist initiatives can be done from home!