Analyzing Children's Books

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Using “Ten Quick Ways to Analyze Children’s Books for Racism and Sexism,” select a piece of children's literature, young adult literature, informational article, or textbook from the library or your own collection to evaluate for bias.

In 250-500 words, conduct a text analysis using the 10 guidelines mentioned in the article to identify bias in your selected material. After you complete the analysis, in 250-500 words describe where you think the text falls on the Cultural Competence Continuum and why. Submit both written portions as one assignment.

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Analyzing Content for Cultural Competency 1 No submission 0.00% 100.0 %Content 35.0 %Text Analysis 2 Insufficient 65.00% 3 Approaching 75.00% 4 Acceptable 85.00% Not Text analysis does Text analysis uses Text analysis uses addressed. not use the 10 the 10 guidelines the 10 guidelines guidelines mentioned in the mentioned in the mentioned in the article to evaluate article to evaluate a article to evaluate a a piece of piece of children's piece of children's children's literature for bias. literature for bias. literature for bias. Evaluation takes a Evaluation takes a clear stance general stance regarding the regarding the inclusion of or lack inclusion of or lack of bias. Examples of bias. are provided to reinforce the analysis. 35.0 Not Response incorrectly Response may Response %Placement of addressed. places text on the incorrectly place appropriately places Text on the Cultural text on the text on the Cultural Cultural Competency Cultural Competence Competence Continuum and fails Competence Continuum with a Continuum to include a Continuum. clear rationale reasonable Provides general regarding the rationale. rationale regarding placement. the placement. 10.0 %Thesis Not Thesis and/or main Thesis and/or main Thesis and/or main Development addressed. claim are claim are apparent claim are clear and and Purpose insufficiently and appropriate to forecast the developed and/or purpose. development of the vague; purpose is paper. It is not clear. descriptive, reflective of the arguments, and appropriate to the purpose. 10.0 Not Some paragraphs Paragraphs are A logical progression %Paragraph addressed. and transitions may generally of ideas between Development lack logical competent, but paragraphs is and Transitions progression of ideas, ideas may show apparent. unity, coherence, some inconsistency Paragraphs exhibit a and/or in organization unity, coherence, cohesiveness. Some and/or in their and cohesiveness. degree of relationships to Topic sentences and organization is each other. concluding remarks evident. are appropriate to purpose. 5.0 Not Frequent and Some mechanical Prose is largely free %Mechanics of addressed. repetitive errors or typos are of mechanical Writing mechanical errors present, but are errors, although a (includes distract the reader. not overly few may be present. spelling, Inconsistencies in distracting to the The writer uses a punctuation, language choice reader. Correct variety of effective grammar, (register) and/or and varied sentence structures language use) word choice are sentence structure and figures of present. Sentence and audiencespeech. 5 Target 100.00% Text analysis uses the 10 guidelines mentioned in the article to evaluate a piece of children's literature for bias. Evaluation is thorough and takes a firm stance regarding the inclusion of or lack of bias. Thoughtful, compelling examples are provided to reinforce the analysis. Response clearly and accurately describes where the text falls on the Cultural Competence Continuum with a convincing and thoughtful rationale regarding the placement. Thesis and/or main claim are comprehensive; contained within the thesis is the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear. There is a sophisticated construction of paragraphs and transitions. Ideas progress and relate to each other. Paragraph and transition construction guide the reader. Paragraph structure is seamless. Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English. structure is correct appropriate but not varied. language are employed. 5.0 %Paper Not Appropriate Appropriate Format (use of addressed. template is used, template is used, appropriate but some elements and formatting is style for the are missing or correct, although major and mistaken; lack of some minor errors assignment) control with may be present. formatting is apparent. 100 %Total Weightage Appropriate All format elements are template is fully correct. used; There are virtually no errors in formatting style.
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Analyzing Children's Books
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Analyzing Children's Books
There are several strategies that were discussed in class that can help an individual analyze
children's books for racism and sexism. The aim of these strategies is to ensure that children do
not read books that create stereotypes and misguided conceptions of racism and sexism. These
strategies include checking the author's perspective, looking at the illustrations, watching for
loaded words, scrutiny the storyline, looking at the lifestyles, balancing the relationships among
the ...

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