GUIDE: The ABCs of AOC by Jamia Wilson

Updated: Jan 30



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.


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.


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

  • Congress?4

  • AOC’s upbringing, values, and identity guide her mission as a U.S. Representative. How

  • does your upbringing, values, and identity guide your life?

Additional 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!